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A Long, Long List

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Catholic-Saints-All-Saints-Day-Coloring-PageOn this All Saints Day, Pastor Paul shares his list of favorite saints, then looks at a list created by St. Paul.  Can we go beyond just the members of a list to get deeper meaning?

Scripture

Romans 16:1-16

I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church at Cenchreae, 2so that you may welcome her in Christ as is fitting for the saints, and help her in whatever she may require from you, for she has been a benefactor of many and of myself as well.

3Greet Prisca and Aquila, who work with me in Christ Jesus, 4and who risked their necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.  5Greet also the church in their house.  Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who was the first convert in Asia for Christ.  6Greet Mary, who as worked very hard among you.  7Greet Andronicus and Junia, my relatives who were in prison with me; they are prominent among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.  8Greet Ampliatus, my beloved Christ.  9Greet Urbanus, our co-worker in Christ, and my beloved Stachys.  10Greet Apelles, who is approved in Christ.  Greet those who belong to the family of Aristobulus.  11Greet my relative Herodion.  Greet those in Christ who belong to the family of Narcissus.  12Greet those workers in Christ, Tryphaena and Tryphosa.  Greet the beloved Persis, who has worked hard in Christ.  13Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord; and greet his mother- a mother to me also.  14Greet Asyncritux, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the brothers and sisters who are with them.  15Greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and olympus, and all the saints who are with them.  16Greet one another with a holy kiss.  All the churches of Christ greet you.