Jesus said, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God,” and “Love your enemies.”
Saints live and die these words of Jesus. These words describe the way Christ goes. Saints follow. Saints surrender to this way Christ lives and dies that blessed and poor, loving and resisted way in them.
Who would recognize Christ in your living and dying? Who would not?
This Sunday is All Saints Sunday. We will celebrate both life and death in Christ. We will remember the beloved of God who have died in the past year, especially how they pointed to Christ, by living the way of Christ. And we will initiate newborn Oliver into this living way, when he is baptized. And we will promise to pray for and accompany his mother, Audrey, and Indra and Michael, in this living way as they become members of this congregation.
Do you see? Christ shines through the beginning, middle, and end of life, and even beyond. This is what it means to be a saint: Christ shines through you. And then your life and your death and your life in God looks like Jesus' words above, because of and despite your best efforts.
What is Jesus asking you to do, be, our change, so others may see more clearly Christ's living way in you? Which saint of God can help you with that?
Saint Paul Lutheran Church
715 South Third Street
Clinton, IA 52732
(at the foot of the south bridge)