Holy Ones of the Most High
All Saints Day
November 1, 2022
“The holy ones of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom for ever—for ever and ever.” Daniel 7:18
“For ever—for ever and ever” AMEN! Today is All Saints Day (moved to this coming Sunday for our celebratory purposes). Actually, we do not celebrate All Saints Days, we celebrate all the saints—our true BFFs, our “for ever and ever friends”, those officially recognized by the Church for their holiness, i.e., their full participation in and sharing of divine love. Amongst other things, they reveal to us the everlasting mystery of “the church, which is Christ’s body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.” (Ephesians 1:11-23)
Not all parishes celebrate in such deliberate fashion. We do because, well, the heavenly host are a big deal! One need but look into the clerestory of our church, the upper level of windows. Take a look! All kinds of saints…. We are blessed to be accompanied on our journey by these Sisters and Brothers in Christ. How much richer the journey. We will discover, when we see them face-to-face in the light of God, how strong and merciful an invisible hand they lent along the way. And we will thank them!
With St. Paul, “I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints.” Ephesians 1:17-18—2nd reading).
Yours with the saints,
THE REV. DOMINIQUE PERIDANS