After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no man could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb!” From The Revelation to St. John the Divine The past Wednesday was the actual All Saints Day, but we are celebrating it today as All Saints Sunday. All Saints Day is a principal feast of the church, which means it’s as important as Christmas and Easter. It’s just not as festive. There are no decorations sold at Walmart for your house, or yard. There are no Happy All Saints Day greeting cards sold by HallMark, or Stampin’ Up for that matter. The Communion of Saints is one of those doctrines that is misunderstood by many who are not of the orthodox catholic faith. In the Nicene Creed, we profess that we believe in the Communion of Saints.
Jesus said, “On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:34-46 Love is at the same time the most discussed topic in history, and the most misunderstood topic in history. Some of you may remember the movie, “Love Story” starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal. It’s a tale of love between two young people who fall in love, get married, and then have to face the tragedy of her death. The one memorable line from the story was, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”
Jesus said, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. When I was in Malawi, I often had to deal with the exchange rate of US Dollars to Malawian Kwacha. The name of their currency comes from a word that means, “It has dawned,” and that is in response the crow of the rooster. As most of you know, roosters start crowing just before dawn, and crow all day just for fun. The One Kwacha coin from 1992 features a rooster on one side. I have a couple of coins from 2004 that show some bird of prey descending with the claws open ready to grab a morsel of food. As for the exchange rate, it takes over 700 Kwacha to make one US Dollar.