May 30. Sunday of all Saints

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Today the first Sunday after Pentecost is designated to the commemoration of all the saints. The Church recalls the many men and women throughout the centuries who had followed Christ and lived the Christian life.  The saints had the same humanity, human nature, as anyone else.  We all are children of God. God is our Heavenly Father.  We all are made, created, in the image and likeness of God.  We are all precious in the eyes of the Lord God Almighty.  We have all been given special gifts or talents to be employed for the greater glory of God, the furtherance of goodness, love and justice here on earth.

We believe and confess that God alone is the All-Good One. He is totally perfect – Absolute Love and Truth.  Although we all possess weaknesses and shortcomings differing one from the other, much like that of our God-given talents, the Lord God is there for us. Always.  Despite the temptations that the evil one, the devil, hurls at us, we all have access to the Lord God and ask Him to send us His help, graces and blessings.  The Lord God is Omnipotent, All-Powerful.  Things that are impossible for men are possible with God.

All true-believing Christians are called to walk in the footsteps of Christ.  As authentic disciples we seek to develop a close personal relationship with the Lord.  We are to cooperate with the manifold graces that the Lord God sends us throughout our earthly lives.  We seek to be like Mary the Mother of God who always fulfilled the Holy Will of God.  The cross we are called to individually bear with love, patience and hope of eternal life becomes bearable with and in Christ.

The Christian life is a call to holiness. From the time of our Baptism, we or the godparents on our behalf have renounced Satan and all his cunningness. We then profess our belief in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and promise to serve Him.  Having received the Holy Spirit already for the first time in the Sacred Mystery (Sacrament) of Baptism, we are then chrismated, confirmed with the word:  “The Seal of the Gift of the Holy Spirit.  We are sealed, confirmed, marked as belonging to Christ.

All the baptized have put on Christ.  We have Christ living within us.  We have died and risen with Christ.  We carry our own cross daily with the blessed assurance of eternal life with Christ in Heaven.  St. Paul writes in his Epistle to the Romans:  “We know that affliction makes for endurance and endurance for tested virtue, and tested virtue for hope. And this hope will not leave us disappointed, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us.” (5:3-5)

Let us love God above all else and our neighbor without exception as ourselves.  Let us harbor no evil, even to those who oppose or dislike or hate us. Let the Light of Christ guide and protect and lead us to life eternal with Him in Heaven.

Fr. George Worschak

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