Christmas items are showing up in the stores so we will soon celebrate “All Saints Day” and society will make more of “All Hollows Eve” also known as Halloween. The saints of the first-century were men and women of flesh and blood, the same as you and I. They are people who had work to do day in and day out, but who also had a first hand interest in the Church, and worship of God.
Please consider the men we call saints who's names are on the books of the New Testament:
1. Matthew earned his living collecting taxes, the IRS auditor of his day.
2. Mark was a private secretary.
3. Luke was a physician.
4. John, James, and Peter were engage in the fish industry.
5. Paul was a tent maker.
6. Timothy and Titus were expert organizers.
7. Jude was a small landowner.
8. Philemon was a possessor of an enviable list of diversified securities.
It was lay men and women, not angels, who had surrendered their lives to Jesus, who built the Church. It is still lay men and women, who having surrendered their lives to Jesus, continue to build the Church and change the world. It is your faith in action in your daily life, committed to Christ that will make the difference in this world. As you plan for all of the sacred days coming up at the last part of the year with All Saints Day, Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas to keep it spiritual.
Remember the people of the New Testament as you think about your role in the life and work of the Church. You are also an EVERYDAY SAINT.