Weekend Reflection – for you. Aidan Troy, C.P. - just my view!
November is a month I like a lot. It begins with All the Saints, spills over into All Souls and trundles on to end with Christ the King. This ends another year of the Mystery of Christ. The new Ordo of Liturgy will arrive. Year B will give way to Year C and weekday Year 11 to Year 1.
All Saints is for the ordinary, small and unassuming people who lived out faithfully the call to become Saints. That at the end of life is all that will matter. Did I become Christ-like for you? Did I die to myself and live for you? Did I have the courage to get down on my knees and wash your feet? Is sounds easy, perhaps, but I never found it so.
There are great Canonised Saints – many of us have our favourites. When I lose something, I call on St Anthony’s help to find it and I promise to light a candle in thanksgiving. When I face a bleak prospect with little hope, I call up St Jude, because he does not believe that there are hopeless cases. He sees that there is a way out, even when I don’t.
The child who went into the church with her Mother and was amazed to see the beautiful colours of the stained-glass windows. ‘Who are those people in the glass windows?’ asked the little one. They are the saints who have gone to Heaven to be with Jesus, replied the Mother. Beautiful thought the child.
Next day at school, teacher asked the class, ‘what are saints like’? The little girl gives her answer, ‘they are people who let the sun shine through them’, she tells her class. What words of wisdom! We either spread doom and gloom or we radiate the Light of Christ as Saints do.
There is no distance really between us living and our loved ones who have gone to God. They now look on the light of His face. They lived what they thought were ordinary lives. God saw differently. He looked into their hearts and saw the love, sometimes hidden, that was there. He saw His own reflection in their souls and saw in them an image of His Son – ‘made in the image and likeness of God’, the Book of Genesis tells us.
When they died and went to God, Heaven was not as strange as they had imagined it might be. After all, no eye has seen, no ear has heard not has it entered into our hearts what God has prepared for us. And yet, there was something familiar about God, His Son the Spirit, the Angels, Saints, Relatives and Friends. They were all united in love, in friendship, in total peace. There was no competition, no gossip; all were wrapped in the utter glory of God. On earth there can be moments when all comes together in love, peace and unity. Those Kingdom moments are precious.
At the end of November, we get the great Feast of Christ, Universal King. He is the still carrying the wounds of the Cross, but they are there not for Him, but for us to remember the cost of Love. What better end could there be to a year of praise and worship of God than to have a feast of the Christ the King.
No one of us was born by accident. To be born is to be chosen. Each one of us was sent here by God for a purpose(s) that no one else could accomplish. To discover the purpose(s) takes prayer and a lot of it. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the special and unique purpose(s) for which you were born. That is how you become a saint and live forever.