The Cathedral Connection 28 October 2018

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HONOURING HOLINESS – HONOURING LIFE

 This week the whole Church gets together!  All the Saints come to meet us on Thursday and the next day we spend time remembering our beloved dead.  All Saints Day (Nov 1) and the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (Nov 2) focus on the Body of Christ in its totality: the Church on earth and the Church in heaven.  One family, under one God.

Those officially recognised as saints are models of Christian living.  They show us what faith, hope and love make possible, and urge us on to live the way of Jesus with joy and trust. The saints are not gods, but people like you and me.  They simply took Jesus at his word and followed him.  Life for them, as for us, was not easy but they persevered and put the needs of others ahead of their own.

Baptism has already sanctified us; we are members of the Body of Christ – saints in the making.

Praying with and for the faithful departed reinforces belief in the “hereafter”.  It announces that in death life is changed, not ended.  Those who say there is nothing beyond this life, that dust is all we have to look forward to, are to be most pitied.  They shut themselves off from any hope of reunion with loved ones; for them love is fleeting; consoling, but not enduring.

That Jesus truly died, was buried and truly rose from the dead, is the core belief of Christianity.  It is our buffer against disappointment and sadness, while giving life meaning and purpose.  We miss those who have died, but they are not far away.  They are with God, and God is very near. All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.  Honouring them, we honour life.

Fr James

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