Who is your favourite hero/heroine?
This is a question invariably most of us have either asked others and we ourselves have been asked.
Heroism is a much overblown idea in our society .
>> We live in a world surrounded by super heroes!
Hollywood and Bollywood and “other woods” give us movies about superheroes…
… who can leap tall buildings at a single bounce
… vanquish their enemies with a solitary gaze
… and reign supreme with their out-of-the-world capabilities!
Heroism, in our world, has been quite associated with power, fame, popularity etc…
They are super-exciting.
>> They are breathtaking.
>> They give an “ooh…wow” feeling!
Today, the Holy Mother the Church is geared up to celebrate Her Heroes!
>> Of course, Heroes with a difference….
Heroes, who really, made a difference!
>> Heroes who have achieved great heights of perfection, in God’s sight!
It’s a day of immense celebration of these superheroes of God… The Solemnity of All Saints!
One catchword that dominates today’s celebration is JOY.
>> There is much JOY in belonging to God.
>> There is much JOY is being saved in Christ.
>> There is much JOY in suffering for the Lord.
Being joyful does not mean, that all is perfect and without any faults.
>> Being joyful means, one has learned to look beyond those imperfections.
And this is Christian Holiness.
Christian Holiness is wholeness…
… a wholeness that’s experienced in one’s being, as a result of living life in perfect union with the Will of God.
Today the Church invites us to lift our gaze to heaven, and thank and praise God for the innumerable people who not only persevered in their faith while they lived on earth…
… but actually lived their lives in such a way that they built up Christ’s Kingdom in the world.
The saints are not superheroes in the worldly sense…
What sets them apart…
… is not their miraculous power….
… is not their popularity and fame.
>> Rather, what makes them saints, is their faith and their discipleship and their service to others.
The word “SAINT”…sometimes strikes an odd chord in our minds…
Saints are often considered to be people…
… beyond our reach and too holy for our lives
… for whom the path to sanctity was made easy and cosy.
… who are given a special boon from God to live a holy life.
But the truth perhaps, is quite contrary…
Saints are people who are truly very close to us and lived in simple and ordinary life situations like us.
Saints are people who had to struggle through many hardships and trials in the path to holiness.
Saints are people who co-operated with the grace of God and remained faithful to their commitment and call
Every Christian is called to a life of Holiness and to be a Saint…
How is this possible in our lives…?
>> The Beatitudes proclaimed by Jesus, in today’s Gospel shows us the path… (Mt 5: 1-10)
Being a saint…
…by depending on God in all dimensions of our life and seeking His Kingdom above all
…by mourning over our sins and seeking to live a life in repentance.
…by living a life of firm gentleness and trusting patience in the midst of injustice and pain
…by becoming agents of justice and seekers of establishing truth
…by giving mercy and compassion to the needy and even to those who we feel, don’t deserve
…by preserving purity in our thoughts, words and deeds
…by striving for establishing peace and harmony even in conflicting situations
…by accepting suffering and becoming stronger in our struggle to establish God’s Kingdom
This Feast day is a chance for us to sneak into the personal diary of the saints…and to “steal” some tips for us to admire and imitate them…
>> The Saints’ Favourite Food: The Holy Eucharist
>> The Saints’ Favourite Dress: The Armour of Faith
>> The Saints’ Favourite Pastime: Doing anything with immense love of God
>> The Saints’ Favourite Symbol: The Holy Cross
>> The Saints’ Favourite Moments: Every time they discovered more the depth of God’s Love
The Church has a marvellous number of saints who are canonized.
On this special day, we also take our time, to raise our hearts in gratitude, for the many other holy men and women, who sparkle with sanctity, but have not been officially declared so.
A few may be known to us, in our family or friends circle…
>> But most of them, will remain unknown and unfamiliar and unheard.
>> But in the Lord’s presence, they dazzle and shine, in holiness and purity.
This galaxy of Saints beckon and encourage each one of us today to tread this path of holiness.
As St Augustine says, “Do you aspire to do great things? Begin with the little ones”
…Doing our simple works with much love of God.
…Living our Christian life with much faithfulness
….Seeing the deep presence of God in all areas of our life.
Let us live a life of self-sacrifice, renunciation and trust in God….
Let us live a life seeking to do God’s will at all times
Let us live a life laced with the tender Love of God in all our activities.
All the saints, the Superheroes of God, are looking deep into our eyes…and inviting us…”Come, dear Child…Be a Saint…”
What is our response?
Happy Feast to all the Saints in Heaven…the Church Triumphant!
Happy Feast to all of us, striving to be saints…the Church Militant!
God Bless! Live Jesus!