Sermon Summary for Sunday, November 5th, 2017 | Respectfully Submitted by Kelley Dial
All Saints' Day. A day to remember those we love but see no more; a major and the most personal of feasts. A day for each of us to remember those who let the light of the divine shine through them, as sunlight shines through stained glass. A day to reconnect with those people looking down and wishing us well from above and, perhaps, a day to say what we did not or could not say when we knew them in the temporal world.
Our belief that we can and should continue to converse with those who enriched and enlightened us while they lived on earth molds our faith. We believe that what we say and do goes places; our thoughts and actions are heard and seen from above. Otherwise, prayer would be a joke. God and our personal saints see, hear, and listen to us. We are not alone.
In our tradition, the table of our Lord always gets the last word. The altar, where heaven and earth kiss, reminds us of our closeness to the eternal. As the second reading from 1 John tells us, "What we do know is this; when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure".
With all our imperfections, at our core, we resemble God; each member of the human family looks like God. God who loves those we hate, just as he loves us. He sees the saint in each of us. Our challenge is to act like God as well, to participate and not frustrate God's grace. As Father Donal McIlvane, one of Bishop Wright's personal saints reminds us, sometimes you have to "raise a little hell for heaven's sake". May we use our saints and our God to provide us with guidance and strength as we commit fully to the love of God and as we put our mind and our behind in line with it.
Thanks to Bishop Wright for bringing the message and thanks be to God who gave us His eyes and ears. May we use them well.