Called to Be Saints

January 14   “Called to Be Saints” Mark 1:40-45 Blessed Juana Maria Lluch

We think of saints as people who are ‘near perfection’, who are beyond our own spirituality. In reality  saints are just ordinary people who go beyond themselves to meet Christ in others. Juana Maria Lluch  came from a wealthy family and she saw a need in the latter half of the 19th and early part of the 20th century to have a ministry to factory workers.

Christ calls us to be saints. Paul says to the Romans: “To all God’s beloved in Rome, who are called to be saints.” We are “called to be saints.”  Just look out our  doors, and on our streets, and  see Christ in the form of the homeless calling  us to be saints.  Kneel down with someone and give them your time, a candy bar, and listen, simple as that.

 We are called to be saints in what we eat.  Dr. Will Tuttle tells us that: ” Grain that is now fed to the livestock of the world’s wealthy could feed the starving poor.”  Cut back on our meat to one meal a day or even one meal a week and we provide food for the starving.

The saints we read about are far from perfect–they simply go beyond themselves, let us be saints, let us step outside of ourselves. Deo Gratis! Thanks be to God!

Temenos Catholic Worker

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

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