Chaplian's Message - November 2017
“We are not alone”. Nowadays , that sentence probably first makes us think of science fiction, or speculation, or attempts to pick up radio signals from outer space, presumably from intelligent beings somewhere in outer space. This is another way we can answer the question of whether we are alone in the universe, by saying that we are definitely NOT alone.
On All Saints Day, the first scripture reading, from the biblical book of Revelation says, “….I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from very nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne before the lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a load voice: ‘salvation come from our God who is seated on the throne, and from the Lamb”””. The preface to All Saints Day’s Eucharistic prayer speaks of “….the heavenly Jerusalem, our mother, where the great array of our brothers and sisters already give you eternal praise.”
We are definitely not alone, but not being alone is not threatening or menacing as in the fictional “War of the Worlds”. For us, not being alone is definitely positive and helpful. We are accompanied by all the saints, as Preface I of all Saint’s Day says:
“By their way of life, you give us an example, by communion with them you give us companionship, by their intercession [as we have with patron saints and in our prayers to the saints] sure support, so that, encouraged by so great a cloud of witnesses we may run as victors in the race before us, and win with them the imperishable crown of glory.”
In this sense, our not being alone is something for which we should be thankful, as we are thankful this month for all the veterans of the armed forces who have defended our liberties, and also thankful, on Thanksgiving Day, for all the blessings God has showered upon our country and upon our individual families.