During the coming week one of the central feasts of the Christian year takes place – the Feast of All Saints on November 1, when the church gives thanks for all those through the ages who have been instrumental in teaching the faith in their lifetime, and have often been inspirational to subsequent generations.
The saints are a varied bunch, they have come from all corners of the world and each had their own personality quirks – just like the rest of us. If we are asked ‘who is a saint?’ we may well think of the people commemorated in the stained glass we see in churches, or people mentioned in the Bible like Mary or Peter. Some of us may be familiar with the saints of our own area – St Guthlac, St Pega or St Botolph. We may well be drawn to more modern figures such as Mother Teresa.
Whichever saint we happen to think of, they all have one thing in common – they lived their lives trying to follow Christ and be more like Him. That’s a calling that rang true for the saints, and it’s a calling that is as true for us today as it was for those first disciples who responded to Jesus’ call of ‘follow me’ on the shores of Galilee.
REV JUDITH DUNKLING
The Suttons with Tydd Group