Next time, follow the recipe.

Your friend made a cake, and it was something special.  It looked great, and everybody really loved it.  And you said to yourself, “I can do that.”  So you did. 

Only, it didn’t turn out half as good as your friend’s cake.  Really, it didn’t look much like a cake at all.  Which shouldn't be that surprising - you were just guessing on what to do, since you didn’t have the recipe.

The Gospel for All Saints’ Day is the Beatitudes (from Matthew), the one with Jesus giving a long list of “Blessed are the...” sayings (“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven,” etc.).  

What does that have to do with All Saints’ Day?  It’s the recipe for being a saint. 

You want to be a saint?  Follow it one step at a time.  Each of the “Blessed are the…” sayings tells you exactly how God responds when you follow Jesus’ recipe.  More on this tomorrow.