What do think of when you hear the word ‘Saints’? Who do you think of? What is a saint?
Maybe you think of your favourite NRL team ‘Saint George’ or NFL ‘New Orleans Saints’. Or perhaps, like so many of us, your mind goes straight to the religious figures, mostly recognised by the Catholic faith as extraordinary people who accomplished extraordinary things. You know the ones, those who are so special they have churches and schools named after them like Saint Mary, Saint Francis or Saint Rigobert. Yep… that’s a real Saint, according to Google he was an Archbishop who was given a goose for dinner. Instead of eating the bird, he befriended it. It is said the goose was so grateful he would follow the saint to Mass (church) and wait for him at the altar. Extraordinary people doing extraordinary things… right…?
I remember being in school and the word ‘saint’ being used to insult or make fun of someone who is acknowledged for doing the right thing, being called a “Saint” implied you were a goody-two shoes or too good to hang with the “cool kids”. There are a number of different ways the word ‘saint’ is used or thought of.
The dictionary defines a ‘Saint’ as: “a person acknowledged as holy or virtuous and regarded in Christian faith as being in heaven after death.” Another definition says, “one of God’s chosen.” With a definition like that, I want to be known as a saint. Someone who is holy, heading to heaven and chosen by God? Saint me now.
1 Peter 2:9 (NIV) says, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” Saint’s aren’t some unattainable, person who did amazing unachievable things, according to His word, the bible, WE are all saints. Those who believe in Jesus, believe in the work at the cross, saved and redeemed, every day people can call ourselves saints.
Through the work of the cross and our salvation we have been sanctified, set apart and made Holy. We are one of God’s chosen, we are the saints.
Author: Catherine Petersen
Hensley, L. (2016) Saint Names. https://epicpew.com/awesome-saint-names/
Mirriam-Webster Dictionary. (2019). Saints. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/saint?utm_campaign=sd&utm_medium=serp&utm_source=jsonld
The Holy Bible. (2019). 1 Peter 2:9. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Peter+2%3A9&version=MSG
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