This Sunday, November 1, was All Saints’ Day, giving us the opportunity to think about commitment in the context of remembering those who have gone before us, and those who are to come.
When we think about saints, often our understanding is influenced by Catholicism, where we hear about people being made saints by the church, after qualifying in certain ways. It can make the idea of sainthood seem distant. In the Protestant tradition, we don’t have a process for making someone a saint. Instead, we might be more likely to connect saints with those who have come before us, in our families and congregations. We can expand this understanding even further. Rather than connecting being a saint to certain qualifications (whether performing miracles or having died), what if we see it more broadly. As we heard the words from John 15:12-17, we are reminded of the centrality of love. What if we think of all of us as everyday saints, marked by love? How are we shaped by the love we experience? How does this become a call to reflect divine love in all that we do, from the large actions for justice and peace, to the small everyday gestures of holding open a door or preparing a meal?