‘I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints’ (Paul’s letter to Philemon verse 4)
Today is the Feast of All Saints. When we think of saints we most probably think of the great heroes of the faith, often depicted in stained glass windows, and known to us from the Bible, or from history or legend. Their stories inspire and encourage us. They remind us of what God can accomplish in ordinary human beings.
Paul, in his letters, refers to all his hearers as ‘saints’, which means ‘holy ones’ - although clearly they are still far from perfect. They, like us, are called to be holy. We, like them, are work in progress.
Let us thank God for all those who have inspired and encouraged us in our faith, and pray that we may have grace to fulfil our own calling to be his holy ones in the world today.