‘We are surrounded by a great cloud of people whose lives tell us what faith means. So let us run the race that is before us and never give up. We should remove from our lives anything that would get in the way and the sin that so easily holds us back. Let us look only to Jesus, the One who began our faith and who makes it perfect. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
Tomorrow is Halloween, the day before All Saints Day.
Saints are not just characters from the past who have done great things or given their lives as martyrs for the Church. Saints are the men and women who have passed on Jesus’ message in our own lives – parents, grandparents, teachers, ministers, Sunday School leaders and the like.
So on Saturday, I invite you to remember with grateful appreciation the people who have made you the person you are today.
The people whose example or teaching showed you a good way to live your lives, as caring loving neighbours, and champions of justice and fairness for all.
And then I would ask you to go further, and reflect on what example you set for generations in the future.
Is your life a good example for the children and young people in your family or community to follow?
What could you do to make yourself potentially a saint?
You don’t necessarily need to make big changes, but just try to be the sort of person that commands respect by the ethical way you live your life. Be a good neighbour, not just to those who live close to you, but to other people whose lives may well not be so full of things that bring you happiness.
That would be the way to enable you to join what the writer of the letter to the Hebrews describes as the “great cloud of people whose lives tell us what faith means” the Saints to whom we dedicate Saturday.
Rev. Andrew Sarle
Bainsford Parish Church