November 2, 2014 Service of Remembrance
Our gospel reading this morning is the lectionary reading for All Saints Day which was actually yesterday. It is commonly called the Beatitudes and comes from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. He gives us a list of attitudes followed by a promise. On this morning of remembering our loved ones, I want to focus on verses 3 and 4. Verse 4 may seem obvious for today, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” We continue to mourn the loss of our loved ones today—grief has no schedule and it goes on but changes as time passes. Our comfort and our hope is in the Lord Jesus. And that brings me to verse 3, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” This is not so obvious and we may wonder just what makes us poor in spirit. And I'd suggest that being poor in spirit is the understanding that we are lost on our own. It is the knowledge that we cannot save ourselves. Jesus came that we might have eternal life as well as a more holy life here on earth. As we said goodbye to our family and friends this past year, we, as Christians, trust that they are in heaven with Jesus. But just what gives us that hope?