Good Morning November 1

This is the day designated in the Christian Church as All Saints Day. We think of saints as exceptionally holy people who lived many years ago and are honored in the church. St. Peter, St. Andrew, St. Paul and so on. What is interesting is that this is not the way these great saints used the word. St. Paul would write to the churches at Rome, Corinth, Ephesus, Colossae and other calling the local members saints. “To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae…” We know from the admonitions Paul had to write to some of the churches that these were not perfect people. They were the ordinary town folk seeking to live their Christian lives in their homes, shops, and market places. The issue about being a saint was not what great things they were accomplishing, but what God had first done in them through His Son, Jesus. God had called them, even as God has called you to be where you are, doing what you are doing, and seeking to live your Christian faith in the midst of that calling. We do it far from perfectly. Most of us don’t accomplish great works of charity. We simply try to respond to the love He has first given us. Our God in Jesus Christ has called us His saints. So on the All Saints Day – Good Morning Saint.