Our lessons from scripture this week capture some of the elements of this vast, cosmic reality. We will begin with a reading from Revelation that describes the "vast multitude" of souls gathered in worship before the throne and the Lamb. This is a glimpse of the center of the New Jerusalem, the universal and eternal worship that takes place before the throne of God-at the end of the age and eternally. We participate in it as we anticipate it, even as we recreate the memorial of Christ's sacrifice each week. The first letter of John underlines our becoming by reminding readers "we are God's children now" while "what we will be has not yet been revealed." But that's not all: "when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is." The Gospel lesson from Matthew's Sermon on the Mount contains "The Beatitudes," a listing of the blessings God will bestow on believers in the new age, which are also requirements now for entering the kingdom of God.
All Saints' Sunday is always an especially loving and joyful day at Christ Church Cathedral. We remember and give thanks for the saints who have gone before us, leaving their witness and their trust to us in the present time. We also give thanks for God's generosity to the Cathedral Family; it enables us to return what is needed for the care of God's children here now and in the future. After our worship on Sunday, we will gather in the Chapter House and in the Garden for a special time of hospitality. Your Vestry will be providing fried oysters as an expression of their thanksgiving for your stewardship, and the Capital Campaign Committee will offer a special libation in thanksgiving for the past year's successful efforts toward our future. Past, present, and future-all in a couple of hours on one Lord's Day.