Do you recognize any of them?
The title of this post is taken from a sentence that my pastor, Fr. John Cantwell, wrote in this Sunday’s parish bulletin. Every week he writes something relevant to the Scripture readings for that day. So this time, since we are celebrating the Solemnity of All Saints, he wrote about the goal of all Christians: sainthood. I liked what he wrote so much, that I have quoted it below. I did, however, place his first paragraph last just because I like it that way. I also added the italics and bolded parts for emphasis.
Our Christian goal is to live in such a way that one day we might live like the saints. We look to attain something beyond the obvious—to live with God here on earth so that we will not be strangers in heaven. Sainthood is not ours to gain; it is our to lose.
When we were baptized, we were sealed and claimed by Christ by his sign—the cross. We are God’s. We live now as other Christs. We have learned of the wisdom of his ways. We are happy to follow them [his ways] as they will lead us to become saints. We are marked by God and we share in this great gift.
Today we honor all the saints—now in glory. They were like us once on earth—very ordinary people. Now they can show us how to accept the gift of salvation. We have this gift now. So let us not lose it.
Let us rejoice in all the men and women, blest in the eyes of the Lord (Mt. 5:1-12a) who celebrate the heavenly liturgy (Rev. 7:2-4, 9-14). They stand in God’s holy place (Ps. 24) and sing of the love the Father has bestowed upon them (1John 3:1-3) through the blood of the Lamb.
What do you think he means when he says: Sainthood is not ours to gain; it is our to lose?