What is a Saint?

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

A Saint?  What is a Saint?  I honestly think we each have to reach our own definitions of this term.  No one can mandate your meaning of a Saint.  In my theology, I utilize the definition which Martin Luther used, "A Saint is a forgiven sinner."

On "All Saints Sunday" each year we lift up the Saints in our lives who have gone on to the kingdom of God that is to come.  We honor the names of those who shaped our faith before their death, in our worship each year on All Saints Sunday.  The Beatitudes, (Matthew 5:1-12) the heart of Jesus' "Sermon on the Mount" are often used as describers of Saints.  The Beatitudes relay to us the good news of who the "Blessed" Saints are: "…the poor in Spirit…those who mourn...the meek…those who hunger and thirst for righteousness sake…the merciful...the pure in heart...the peacemakers…and those persecuted for Jesus' sake.

I ran across a definition of the Blessed Saints this week in the Interpreters Bible that I really liked.  "Blessed are they that voluntarily share their neighbor's pain.  They could side step it: ‘It is not my business; I have enough troubles of my own.’  They could even pretend that sorrow does not exist.  But they expose themselves to the world’s misery.  Like Arnold von Winkelried, Swiss hero of the battle of Sempach, they stand in the pass and gather all the spears into their own breasts. They visit the home where death has come.  They enter into the hidden tumult of the criminal jail.  They agonize over slums and become leaders in civic righteousness.  None is bound, except they are bound.  They are the compassionate of the earth, and their reward is to grow compassion."

Who is a Saint in your life?  Tell them that you give thanks to Jesus for the Saint!

Who has been a Saint in your life?  Give thanks to Jesus for them!

How might you be a Saint to others?  Ask Jesus to guide you in the way.

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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