All Saints Sunday, November 1, 2020

St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Emmaus, PA

Reflections on The Season of Pentecost

All Saints Sunday, November 1, 2020

By Rev. Jane Bender

Dearest Family and Friends of St. Margaret’s,

This coming Sunday is ALL SAINTS SUNDAYa day of rejoicing in all who have gone before us.  Praise be to God for all our forefathers and foremothers who have pointed us to the reality of Jesus Christ as Messiah – the ultimate source of love and light.

In this week leading up to the election, I find that that there are SO many words flying around – do you sense this also?  That we are somewhat inundated with words, words, words. This week, when we anticipate All Saints Day, I would just like to use few words – indeed, only the words from the Gospel of Matthew for our reading this week.  This is from Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount” – the section called “The Beatitudes”.

Lake Tiberias seen from the Mount of Beatitudes; Tiberias is visible in the background of the photograph

Matthew 5:1-12   “When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

  • “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  • “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
  • “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
  • “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
  • “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
  • “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
  • “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
  • “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  • “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
St. Margaret's Episcopal Church - Matthew 5:10 "Beatitudes"

Let us hear the Word of the Lord, my friends.  Let us keep in silence before the Lord.  Let us listen.

Be well, stay safe, stay calm, stay focused on Our Lord.

God bless you and keep you in God’s loving embrace,


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