All Saints’ Homily

An excerpt from my All Saints’ day Homily, and a link to the full text:

Today we are comforted with the knowledge that the Church as we see it is not the Church as it really is. For what we see with our eyes is weakness. What we see is unimpressive, small, insignificant, hated by the world, and struggling like a tiny ship tossed about during a hurricane. Her members are still sinful, and often do not resemble the saints that they are in Christ. The Church that we see is one with warts, one whose beauty and majesty is hidden under the cross. But Christ’s glory was hidden under weakness and so is that of the Church. His glory was revealed momentarily at His transfiguration. His divinity shone through His humanity. The eternal and almighty Light was visible to the eyes of Peter, James, and John. So also did the hidden glory of the Church become visible to the eyes of St. John by God’s grace. It’s like being at Church on Sunday morning, only as you go up to receive the Lord’s Supper, you suddenly see in place of an altar a throne, in place of a Cup and some Bread you see the Lamb Himself. No longer do you see only a handful of people with you but the throne is surrounded by myriads of people, along with angels. Those who forged the liturgy as we have it today understood this, and so for centuries the Church has heard these words: “With angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify Thy glorious name…” All Saints’ Day reminds us that we are only a small part of something much bigger, and this brings us comfort. No one can point to the size of a congregation and say that the Church is or is not there. If Christ is here then so is the Church, and where the Church is, there is Christ and all His saints.

Read the full text here.


About Rev. Paul L. Beisel

Graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN in 2001 (M Div.) and 2004 (S.T.M.); LC-MS Pastor and Adjunct Instructor for John Wood Community College; Husband of Amy and father of Susan, Elizabeth, Martin, and Theodore.
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