Text: Matthew 23:1-12
“We celebrate those saints who have never been called by that name, who have been excluded from the sainthood because our vision of God’s community is too limited.”
These words that we spoke earlier in our prayer begs the question: What shapes our imagination of holiness? Or a different way of framing the question is: What or who comes to mind when you hear the word saint?
We’ve all said it? She’s a saint for living with him. Or, he’s a saint for living with her. Or here at Pullen, she’s a saint for living with her and he’s a saint for living with him. Those individuals who endure hardships, who preserve with patience the cantankerous spouse or boss or parent or child, who sacrifice their own comfort and needs for others often shape our imagination of sainthood. And of course, deeply imprinted in our psyche are those images of the likes of Mother Teresa and Oscar Romero, the archbishop of San Salvador who was assassinated for speaking out for the poor and social injustice in his country.
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