All Saints Day is really about our small place within the wider web of creation, remembering with gratitude and humility the many who came before us and played a crucial part in shaping our lives.
It is nothing short of miraculous when we are able to move past an attitude of scarcity to an attitude of abundance. When that happens we realize that there are always more resources in a given situation than we realize. When we offer what we have, however small, in God’s providence, there is always enough.
In a larger, spiritual sense—as John’s gospel tends to travel—what “mats” do we cling to? What stands in the way of our whole health, of being whole and complete people, in body, soul, and mind?
When we love our enemies, forgive those who have done us evil, pray for those who act like they have no health in them, we are giving, giving, giving from the running-over measure of God, who is always filling our laps with more.
Worrying is definitely a problem because of how much it hinders our lives.
One thing we learn from people of deep faith is that to trust God takes a lifetime of practice. It takes going through storms, many storms. It takes having the “waves” of hardship, challenges, struggle, and pain surge around us and crash down on us… while somehow having peace in the midst of it all.
Sometimes there are larger forces at work that just seem to take hold of people. Evil takes on a life of its own to the point that it almost has personality to it, “it” has a name and a face.
“Do you see this woman?” Jesus’ question to his now-embarrassed host runs deeper than “Will you look at her?” It reveals a tear in the fabric of human community.
But in a profound sense, “What are you looking for?” or “Who are you looking for?” is a question at the heart of all other questions. It’s a question about our deepest longings.