Solemnity of All Saints, November 1, 2022

Fr. Rick’s Gospel Reflection for Solemnity of All Saints, November 1, 2022
Matthew 5:1-12a https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/110122.cfm
Please open your Scriptures and read these verses prayerfully.

Right behind the foul pole.

We were so excited. The Rays were in the World Series, and we got tickets – behind a foul pole. In every play, we were trying to see what happened. We were happy to be there, but the foul pole. You understand.

Today we are reminded of another invitation from the Lord to be his saint. Does that sound strange, that any or all of us can be saints? If it does, you are on the way. How is that possible. Easy. We know it won’t be anything we do. But everything that God does in us.

We needed a ticket to get into the World Series. And we have a ticket to heaven; our Baptism was God’s invitation to us.

It’s a call to live for more than the values of this world. Maybe you know merciful and meek people seeking the good in another person who gets on their nerves. Do you have moments when you react to hurt? Did you ever confess it and know you just can’t be that kind of a person?
The best definition of a saint I have heard is, ”A saint is a sinner who keeps on trying, no matter how many times they are behind a foul pole.” Someone in a Cursillo wore a name tag that said,

“Hello, My Name is John…and I am a saint in training.”

So, I wish all of you, my friends, “Happy Feast Day!” I know none of us have made it yet. But, please, God, we are saints in training.

The Gospel Challenge:
Train well, my friends. What might you be working on today?

Peace be with you.

Fr. Rick Pilger, I.C.
Blessed Sacrament Church, Seminole.
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