Today is the feast of All Saints day. All Saints Day, is the day that Catholics celebrate all the saints, known and unknown. The path of a saint might seem foreign to us, but John Paul II wrote in Lumen Gentium, that we are all called to be holy—we are all called to be saints. If we would only allow ourselves to be open to God’s plan, we would see that we are a part of something bigger than just ourselves.
We recently celebrated Our Lady of Fatima and the Miracle of the Sun. Besides being a miraculous event, this event also reminds us of ordinary people who through God’s grace were a part of something bigger—a miraculous event that would change their lives forever.
The famous miracle of the Sun happened on October 13, 1917. It was a cloudy day with pouring down rain, and absolutely miserable weather. After the Fatima children came and began to pray; the clouds suddenly began to clear, the sun began to dance in the sky, and quickly started to come towards the earth. As it fell from the sky, people yelled, panicked and many thought they were going to die.People began to cry out for mercy, some protected their loved ones, and many miraculous healing occurred. The sun then went back into the sky and everything returned to normal; but the world was forever changed. So why did people think their world was going to end; that they were going to die? It was because they didn’t realize they were part of something bigger than themselves; something bigger than just that moment.
This is the same with the world and with us as baptized Catholics.We often forget that we are part of something bigger than just ourselves. This is why Our Lady reminds us of our baptismal vows through this Miracle of the Sun. The water that came down and drenched everyone is like baptism which prepares everyone for the great wonders of God. Then there was the Miracle of the Sun. When the sun rocketed towards the earth; people began to repent from the evil they did and were sorry for their sins. They sacrificed their pride to make themselves right with God. Thus they lived out the priestly mission of Christ as the word sacrifice comes from two Latin words “sacrum facere” which means to make holy.
Next, people began to proclaim the glory of God which is the prophetic mission of Christ. Finally, everyone began to serve one another, some even tried to shield their families from what they thought was going to be annihilation. This fulfilled the kingly role of Christ.
Notice that after all of these things were done, when the three-fold office of Christ was carried out, everything went back to normal. This embodies life. When we allow ourselves to be made Holy (priestly mission), proclaim the wonders and love of God (prophetic mission), and serve one another (kingly mission); we, along with the world go “back to normal” because this is what God intended us to be.
Also notice that after the miracle, the world was forever changed. The people that experienced this miracle could not keep it to themselves as they realized they were part of something bigger. This reminds us that living out our baptismal vows are not a one-time experience, but a lifetime commitment because we too are part of something bigger than just ourselves.
We are part of the Mystical Body of Christ and as its members; we are to shine like our Lady of Fatima in the Miracle of the Sun. So let us remember the Miracle of the Sun this day and always. Let it motivate us to renew and live out our baptismal vows now and always. In this, we will not only help the world “return to normal” but become the person we were meant to be. In becoming the person we were meant to be, we will embody the lesson of the Miracle of Fatima and the words of St. Catherine of Siena, “Be who you were meant to be and set the world on fire.”