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Sunday, 9:00am.

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Fourth Sunday, 11:00am.

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Homily for All Saints Day

This Day is the celebration of All Saints. We actually acknowledge that we are all saints, and are part of all the saints of all times, who have gone before us.

Now, I can understand St. Theresa being a saint, and certainly St. Francis, St. John, St. Hildegarde, but I’m having just a little trouble thinking about me, as St. Christina. So, of course, we go to scripture to see what this is all about.

We read from Isaiah. Isaiah says God has come to God’s people, swallowed up death and took away any disgrace. Mine and yours. God has come. It says God has saved us, even from ourselves. I wonder if that makes us saints?

And we, when we come all human and dusty, and thirsty, God says I give you water. I give you life.

We’ve heard that before – Jesus saying I give you abundant life. A place for us, just as our Psalm 24 says. All that live in this world belongs to God. Maybe that’s what makes us saints – that we belong to God.

The story from the Gospel of John puts it all together: we who don’t seem like saints – we are only to believe, John says, believe and see the glory of God.

We know that story from John. Jesus has a good friend in Lazarus, the brother of Mary and Martha. He’s stayed at their house before. He is told that Lazarus is ill, and comes, but Lazarus is well and truly dead by then. Jesus weeps, to know that. Lazarus is already in the tomb.

Jesus is divine, and He is human. The intensity of His grief is described as, He weeps and he’s greatly disturbed.

We know about grief. The common understanding in our world is that we live, and then we die and when we do, we are gone. Life is over, for that person.

What we see in the story is that Jesus, by God’s power, brings life back to Lazarus, and life for him is not over. This telling of the story is to say in Jesus God is at work in our world, and God’s will is for the saving of us.

What God wills is what we find in Jesus. In Jesus, death or any separation from God for us, is no longer truth. Truth is in Him we will always live, not because of what Jesus does, but because of who He is.

In our human belief, the world says when the body dies, the brain dies, the heart stops and life is done. Our belief as Christ followers is to say when our body, brain, heart stops performing as usual, we live on, then as live now, in the presence of the God who created us.

The power of death, separation from God, is simply defeated as we receive Jesus for ourselves.

And that’s what makes us saints.

Earlier in our Gospel story, Jesus speaks to Martha and asks her to open the tomb. Martha says we really don’t want to do that, our brother is dead. And then Jesus says, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.”

Saints are those who believe, and are part of the living water, the living bread and eternal life. Saints, like we are, believers, live in the full presence of God both now and after our bodily death.

Eternal life is life with God. That’s what we have now – life with God – and that’s what we will always have: life with and in God. To belong to God means this world, we, are under God’s care and power. That rearranges how we must live, because we are to witness to that truth in our every day. And that is what makes us Saints, after all. Amen.

Last updated - August 25, 2022.