All Saints Day – 2020
The beatitudes are not a to do list, eight helpful hints for happy living, or utopian ideals. They are Jesus’ core values. They define Jesus’ life and ministry. They are at the heart of his teaching, his healing, his life and death. Jesus is not telling us what to do but how to be.
The world does not need smarter, harder working, more beautiful, busier, or more successful people. The world needs “beatitudinal” people, occupied people, who speak, act, pray, and relate from the level of kingdom consciousness. That is who the saints of every age are. It is who we are to become. The saints are not God’s little overachievers. They are ordinary people who allowed themselves to be occupied by the life of Christ and his values.
If the Feast of All Saints is about remembering, honoring, and learning from the saints then it is also about examining our own lives. Where and how do the beatitudes shape our lives? How do our lives manifest the beatitudes?
How do I vote? Does voting faithfully mean anything to me?
Am I even aware of the reality of systemic racism? If no, why is that? If yes, does it matter to me and how do I demonstrate that?
Do I practice safety regulations relative to COVID, recognizing that my presence in public is as much a matter of care for others as it is care for one’s self?
What am I doing to keep my faith alive and active during these COVID days, especially without being able to gather in my church?
What can I learn from the lives of the Saints?
In every relationship, place, and circumstance we must answer this question: Do we act beatitudinally?