Pastors Desk: All Saints Sunday
Pastor’s Desk 1st November 2015 - All Saints / B
Today we celebrate All Saints day which is the universal Christian feast when we honour all Christian saints - known and unknown. The feast is celebrated by all the Christian churches.
Halloween, which we celebrate on the eve of all saints has been hijacked by the commercial world in so many ways that we forget its name actually comes from ‘All Hallows Eve’ or the vigil of ‘All Saints day’. On this evening in pre-Christian times in Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales and parts of Northern France it was believed that the souls of the dead would return to their homes for a festal visit on this day.
But what of the Feast of All Saints itself then? Well we believe that all baptised Christians who have died and are now with God in glory are considered saints. It’s the day that we also thank God for giving ordinary Women and Men a share in his holiness and heavenly glory as a reward for their faith. Most days we celebrate a particular canonized saint at mass but there are countless others that we do not celebrate in the same way. Among these might be our own parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers and other women and men of great faith.
All Saints day, is a day, not only to remember the saints and thank God for them, but also to pray for their help. The feast also offers a challenge to each one of us: anyone can become a saint regardless of her or his age, lifestyle or living conditions. You just have to look at St Augustine for example as someone who accepted Gods challenge and who turned his life around for the better.