One of my favorite nieces always signs her emails with this profound bit of wisdom: “ the happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything they have.” I think that these are the people whom we celebrate on the feast of All Saints. The goodness of God is the origin of all creation. We are his children and he loves us warts and all. Jesus, who is this God made visible and dwelling among us in the human form is the highest manifestation of this goodness. But he calls us to join him in his divinity even as he shares in our humanity. We are every single one of us created in the image of God and, if you will, re-created in that image through the resurrection of Christ. God has made us a little less than the angels and crowned us as a royal people and a priestly nation. He has put all things under our hands, the earth and all of its creatures, every plant and animal and especially every fellow human being.
Have we made the best of them? It is easy to blame others, other nations, other rulers, and even God himself. Nothing will ever happen to improve this dominion which the Lord has placed under our hands unless it begins with every single individual.
It is extremely important that we be sensitive to this in our own individual lives. First of all by our prayers. In this way we recognize their calling from God and respond to it. We become more and more sensitive to our place on this earth and indeed in this universe. Everybody has a role, a calling, a vocation to advance God’s creation into the fullness of Christ to which it is ordained. So we must pray but then we must also act. Again everyone of us has some place to play by the activities of his life in bringing the universe to the fullness of Christ. Our sensitivity in prayer will lead us to an understanding of what practical goodness we are called to perform. This is what we mean by “thy will be done, thy kingdom come.
We are living in the era of the Holy Spirit. The world and all in it is created by the father, is redeemed by the sun and is carried on by the Holy Spirit who dwells in our hearts.
Get in touch with the Holy Spirit, respond to your calling to make the best of what you have. The world is yours in all its brokenness and in all its beauty and glory. The world is yours and you are Christ’s and Christ is God’s. Again to celebrate the feast of All Saints make the best of what you have.