Thinking about the faithful followers that have gone before us always reminds me of the great responsibility entrusted to us. A responsibility brought to the forefront on All Saints Day, Nov. 1, which is this Sunday. Certainly, there are several of those departed Christians whose memories I hold dear because of their relationship to me and their influence on my life. I am sure some of those individuals were aware of the importance they had on my faith development, and perhaps they are able to know even today that their influence continues as I reflect on things taught and modeled through their lives. Many others, however, likely never knew that a child, teenager, or young adult was watching, admiring, learning and developing a faith that grew by their example. Not one of us lives a perfect and faithful life, but when we strive to follow the Christ who called us and redeemed us, we live out a faith that God’s love, mercy and grace have touched us and changed us. It causes us to see the world through the eyes of the one who came and dwelt among us, Jesus the Christ, and by His Spirit, is still with us everyday at every moment. This promise, when embraced as reality, provides the courage to face the uncertainties of life knowing that we are secure. I am thankful for those saints who went before us, living out their faith and inspiring us as they did. I pray that we may also be found faithful in all that we do and that those coming after us will hear and accept the Gospel through the words we say and actions we take in the name of Christ our Lord.
Thanks be to God.