“Until that day” – by Patrick Carolan

October 26, 2015

This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints. Pope Francis said: “The feasts of All Saints and All Souls are “days of hope.” The virtue of “hope is like a bit of leaven that enlarges your soul.” In Laudato Si Pope Francis tells us: “All it takes is one good person to restore hope!” Pope Francis also says: “Hope would have us recognize that there is always a way out, that we can always redirect our steps, that we can always do something to solve our problems.”

In the second reading from 1 John it says “The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” This reminds me of something G. K. Chesterton once said: “If you were accused of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” It is an interesting question. After 2000 years the world still does not know the Christ. In one of her beautiful letters St. Clare taught us to:

“Gaze upon Christ

Consider Christ

Contemplate Christ

Imitate Christ.”

For most of us we do not know Christ because we are still gazing upon Christ. We are worshiping Christ not picking up our cross and being Christ. Until we get to that day where we are all imitating Christ the world will never know him. We use the expression “the Body of Christ” when we receive the Eucharist; we are told this is the Body of Christ. The true expression should be “We are the Body of Christ.” We are all the Eucharist. But we really don’t believe that. We believe Christ as someone separate off in the distance. We really do not believe that Christ is all of creation. If we did, we would understand that when we hate, when we do not welcome the stranger, when we allow children to die from starvation, when we promote violence in any form, when we harm this beautiful creation by destroying the environment we are in effect destroying, harming, hating the “Body of Christ.” As it says “What you do to the least of these you do onto me.”

I recently attended the Parliament of World Religions. It was an awesome gathering of almost 10,000 people from 80 different countries and 50 faith traditions. There were Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Jews Hindu, Baha’i and many other spiritual traditions all joining together in singing, praying, dancing, eating and learning from each other. All understanding and respecting our different paths while celebrating our oneness, our wholeness of being. One of the exhibitors was a new organization called 1God.com whose mission is to “unite the tribes.” They were handing out buttons that say “Until That Day.” I wear mine everywhere. People stop me everywhere, at the store, coming out of church everywhere I go and ask, “Until what day?” I smile, thank them for asking and say: “Until the day that we are connected with all creation and are truly part of the Body of Christ. Until the day that we create heaven on Earth.”

Peace and All Good

Patrick Carolan
FAN Executive Director