November 1, 2015 - All Saints, Year B
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church
We want to be part of the one hundred forty-four thousand marked with the seal of faith that John speaks about in the Book of Revelation, don’t we?
The great multitude wear white robes; they are the ones who are washed clean by the blood of the Lamb.
So the question is, how do we find ourselves in this number.” Isn’t that what we sing, “Oh how I want to be in that number, when the Saints go marching in.”
Holiness. Holiness is the answer. We need to seek holiness in our lives. For people who seek holiness, God really matters. For people who seek holiness, prayer really matters. For people who seek holiness, faith really matters.
For people who seek holiness, going to church really matters. For people who seek holiness, doing good and avoiding evil really matters.
We are God’s children. This is a wonderful gift. And as God’s children we are called to holiness. But what is holiness? To be holy is to be like God.
The Second Vatican Council says that the Lord Jesus preached holiness of life to each and everyone of his disciples no matter what their condition in life.
So the call to holiness is for everyone. In essence, we are all called to be saints.
It is a strange thing that while we would all be ready to claim that we are decent people, we would probably be far less eager to speak of ourselves as holy people.
Perhaps this is due to false modesty. Perhaps it is because we think that the only Saints are those who have been canonized by the church.
But we are called to be a holy people. Or put another way, we are called to be people who lead holy lives.
We may be poor in Spirit but the poor in Spirit recognize their reliance on God. We may mourn but we trust that those marked with the sign of faith now rejoice with the Lord.
We may be meek or shy or timid but we trust that the Lord will be our strength. We may be bullied or insulted or even gossiped about but we trust that the Lord God knows the truth.
We hunger and thirst for justice. We seek mercy and peace and we struggle to be pure of heart.
As we strive for holiness we will, over time, find the kingdom of God. As we strive for holiness we will be comforted, we will be satisfied, we will be shown mercy, and we will be called the children of God.
As we strive for holiness, we will find joy and we will find ourselves numbered among those who have been washed clean by the blood of the Lamb.
The Mass that we celebrate here today is the source of the Church’s holiness. May this Mass and the Eucharist that we receive enable us to be numbered among the great multitude of Saints, the holy ones of God.