In Matthew’s Gospel significant events in Jesus’ life occur on mountains, his temptation, the feeding of the 4 000, the Transfiguration, his arrest, and his final commissioning of his followers.
Today we remember the countless unrecognised saints who lived out the life of faith in Jesus and many of whom gave their lives for him.
We give thanks for the unbroken chain of Christian saints through the ages without whose witness we would not experience the grace of Christ.
- May God help us to examinee our lives and be inspired by the saints in more closely following our Lord. Amen.
- Give thanks for the work and witness of the Church of the Province of Myanmar
Text: © Anglican Board of Mission, 2020
All Saint’s Day
1 November, 2020
“The saints are the sinners who keep on going.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
There are three ways of categorizing saints. The most traditional and biblical is that all the followers of Jesus are saints or holy ones. We are not saints because we ourselves are so good. We are all sinners. But being blessed with the presence of God, the association makes us holy. We might even want to expand the New Testament and call all people saints since all, not just Christians, are children of God. Because we sinners are made holy by God’s grace, and not by our own actions, we are able to keep on going as Stevenson says. Our keeping on in life often involves suffering. The Beatitudes in today’s Gospel mention such sufferings like being poor, mourning, hungering and thirsting and being persecuted. This happens because the world often praises dead saints and persecutes living ones. Nevertheless, Jesus calls these suffering people happy even in this life. This is a paradox that can exist only in God’s upside down world. Another category of saints is that of those special people from ages past who are placed on the calendar of saints and are held up for the world to emulate, people like Francis of Assisi or Lady Julian the city Anchorite of Norwich. But let us not forget that each and every one of us is called to be extraordinary even if history does not remember us. We can be extraordinary mothers, astonishing farmers, amazing nurses, outstanding grocery clerks, exceptional bankers, stupendous bakers, dazzling car dealers, or marvellous CPA’s. Those on the calendar are not an exclusive group. They are simply the ones history remembers. Thirdly, there are saints not yet born, those still to come. God is not bound by our time sequence issues. Right now God is gracing these people not yet born into sainthood, into holiness, into blessedness, into happiness. All three together, those from the past, those of us alive now, and those yet to come, we call the communion of saints
Often it is difficult to pray alone at home,so why not try http://www.pray-as-you-go.org/ this links you with praying Christians around the world, of many traditions- offering scripture, silence, beautiful music, reflection time, space for contemplation and intercession.
May the people of this Parish be never ceasing in prayer, so that we may all be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
Help us to lead lives worthy of God, fully pleasing to him while bearing fruit in every good work.
May we all be made strong in the power of God, who rescues us from the powers of darkness and transfers us to the Kingdom of his Son in whom we have forgiveness of sins,