Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Renewing Mind: All Saints Day

Today is All Saints Day, the day that when the Catholic Church (and possible some liturgical protestants churches) celebrate those who have attained entrance to heaven.

Not growing up in the Catholic tradition, I am not sure how the celebration of this day actually occurs, but I like the idea in general. I think it is a good idea to think on those who have gone before, those who set an example for us as we live out our lives here on Earth.

However, it occurs to me that we could just as easily recognize this day as a celebration of Jesus's triumph in our own lives. Those of us who are in Christ are already a new creation, even though we struggle with flesh. We have, in a sense, already achieved heaven. Since our eternity is already secured, I think that entitles us to celebrate on this day, but our celebration should be one that looks to Christ's justification in our lives, not anything that we have done.

So happy All Saints Day, ye saints of the Lord.

1 comment:

  1. Well said! After all, we are nothing and there is no life without Christ.