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On this All Saints’ Sunday, our texts came from Daniel 7 and Luke 6.
In Daniel, Daniel has a vision of four beasts that he is told will be leaders that emerge from the earth but that at the end of the day the kingdom will belong to the faithful.
[And] in Luke 6, we have the blessed and the woes which is Luke’s version of Matthew’s Beatitudes.
What is All Saints?
All Saints is (celebrated) the first Sunday in November and honors a trio of days where it is believed that the veil between our world and the Other World is at its thinnest.
It begins on October 31st with Halloween or All Hallows’ Eve or Samhain, Samhain (Sow-win), Samhain (Sow-in); however, you reference that night.
November 1st is All Saints, a day when we recognize the Canonized Saints of the Church.
And November 2nd is All Souls Day, where we recognize those who have departed in faith, as well as those who continue to live and to strive for God’s kingdom here on earth. We (also) look ahead to those who will come in the future.
When we look at all of this together, Daniel reminds us that there is a better day that lies ahead. That despite living in a world that is not always warm and fuzzy, we have been promised a day when everything will be right, which Luke reinforces. Luke’s gospel throughout it has a theme of ‘merciful reversal’, this notion that the proud will be humbled while the humble will be exalted, that one day all will be made right. All will be fair. All will be just.
When I think about these texts, I’m also reminded of the theme throughout the gospel of Mark, which is that God’s kingdom is here, and its near, but its not yet fulfilled. The saints teach us how to interact with and engage and cling onto that promised kingdom.
Its no surprise that the commentaries this week focused on the election. Some took it a little too far, in my opinion, but there was one that mentioned that the election every four years is an opportunity for the American people to envision a better future and to participate in bringing that about through their vote. I disagree with that. I don’t think that the opportunity to envision a better future comes every four years, I believe it comes every year, every day, every moment.
[And] the saints, those who have departed us and those who continue to strive for God’s kingdom in our time, and in our place, and in our day that they show us how to cling to that promise and how to strive for it. They show us in their faith, and in their trust, and if you’re a Tinkerbell fan (like me) you want to add Pixie Dust; but the reality is that it is faith, trust, love, and service.
I pray that we all take a little bit more time to envision the future, that we take ahold of the example of the saints, both departed and still alive with us today who strive for that better future. May we take their example in trust and in faith and love and in service and maybe a little Pixie Dust. Amen.
Sermon was originally preached on 06 November 2016.
Scriptures were Daniel 7: 1-3, 15-18 and Luke 6: 20-31.