The catholic Church celebrates November 1st as the all Saints day. Along with remembering all the saints of the centuries (canonized and not-canonized), it reminds all of us of our vocation to be saints. It speaks of all of us being part of the communion of saints. What could be its relevance today? What is the meaning of being a saint today?
- Any attempt to bring the kingdom of God here and now. (Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Spirit).
- An attempt to live the radicality of the beatitudes. To be a contradiction just like Jesus was a complete contradiction.
- Participating in efforts to reduce all forms of inequality (economic, social, cultural, gender and the inequality within the church)
- Participating in efforts to protect the nature.
- And one point on a negative note, it is not just about having a lot of pious practices.
I would like to conclude with a question, we have an ‘All Saint’s Day’; Why we don’t have an ‘All Prophet’s Day’. It is not of adding one more festivities; Jesus considered himself more a prophet. (Surely his life was saintly.. I don’t deny it. Some might say prophetic quality is already included in the saintliness. True. But the emphasis??) Saints have much appeal. I don’t think Prophets do have so much…