Years ago, there was an old priest in my Queens parish who loved All Souls’ Day. “It’s one of my favorite holy days,” he’d say. “It’s the one where I feel I actually have a shot.”
That’s the blessing of this day: It reminds us, after we’ve honored All Saints’ Day, that there is room for the rest of us—the weak, the hurting, the sinning, the imperfect souls struggling to attain salvation. All of us. In the Gospel, Jesus reassures us: “This is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life” (v. 40).
Our job is to try and make that a reality. In the musical “Hamilton,” the title character dreams about his ambitions and sings how he won’t throw away his shot either. When it comes to our salvation, none of us should! This holy day challenges us to aim higher and dream bigger. Hold on to the message of this moment: We all have a shot.
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