HOMILY FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS
HOMILY THEME: SAINTHOOD IS FOR YOU ALSO
BY: Fr. Evaristus Abu
On this first day of the month of November, the Church says we should turn our minds to the millions of men and women who have lived exemplary lives on earth, fulfilled the demands of the Gospel, walked the narrow path, shunned the world and its pleasures, some of them married, some virgins, some religious, some priests even bishops and popes, some doctors, nurses, accountants, engineers, farmers, school teachers, professors, some even traditional rulers, selfless warriors.
The list is just endless. Today, there are three questions I would like us to ask ourselves:
The first question is: Do I really want to be Saint? Then what exactly is holding me back from journeying along the path of this noble aspiration? As I reflect on the lives of Saints today, I need to identify and take away whatever is not saintly in me.
Second question: How Can I Be a Saint? According to John in his revelations, the saints are THOSE WHO HAVE WASHED THEIR ROBES AND MADE THEM WHITE IN THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB. In other words, those who are spotless as far as sin is concerned.
In our Gospel passage, Jesus presents the beatitudes as guidelines on how we ought to model our lives. Basically the beatitudes talk about shunning worldliness and living according to a very different standard. For instance, the world rejects being poor in spirit, being meek or accepting to suffer but Jesus says those are the very things we should aspire for.
The third question is: How much do I know about the Saints? How many Saints can I describe their life sentence by sentence? If I am able to follow football stars virtually on a daily basis, I know who is injured, who is not playing a particular match and who will feature in the next game, how much I don’t know so much about the saints?
The saying goes that where the mind is, the body always follows. If we occupy our minds everyday with the lives of the Saints, we are consciously placing ourselves on a path to where they are.
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, may the Saints pray for me. Amen.
Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Solemnity of All Saints. Bible Study Revelation 7:2-14. 1st John 3:1-3 and Matthew 5:1-12).
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