God's Present- and Future-Tense People (Matthew 5:2-16)

God's Present- and Future-Tense People (Matthew 5:2-16)

All Saints’ Day in our tradition is an opportunity to celebrate all Christians. The “Church Militant,” remembered last week on Reformation Sunday, is the Church here below. It is made up of all us saints/sinners who confess faith in Jesus (1 Cor 1:5)…saints/sinners who sing “A Mighty Fortress” and get misty-eyed when we hear it with brass instruments (as I did last Sunday…thank you Morgan, Jaylen, and all who took part). It is composed of saints who are poor in spirit, who mourn, who hunger and thirst for righteousness. It highlights what I’d like to call the “present-tense” church of God. All Saints Sunday takes that notion of Church one step further. It connects the present-tense people of God, the “Church Militant,” with the future-tense people of God, the “Church Triumphant.”

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