The readings from Apocalypse, as well as many official documents of the Church, speak of our baptismal call to holiness always to be realized in the present moment. Today we honor the Saints who each lived their vocation in their concrete historical moment so that we might be encouraged to live our witness to Christ now.
St. John’s letter affirms that we are children of God now. John is not speaking of a future reality, but of the present moment. That is an awesome reality that we cannot fully understand, but accepting and renewing that deep relationship with God each day is the way to allow God’s holiness to become real in each of us.
The call to be a disciple of Jesus is summarized in St. Mathew’s beatitudes which place happiness not only in the future, but also in the present. The radical trust in God alone; the humility that makes us one with all who suffer; the compassion that moves us to solidarity in the struggle for justice; the transparency of a pure heart; etc. are all signs of the holiness of the children of God to be lived in the present and that bring hope and happiness to humanity.
As we remember those who have gone before us, may we do today as they did and be holy.
Fr. Joseph Jablonski, MSC