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All the Saints

This Sunday many of us will be celebrating the festival of all the saints, the saints known and admired and acknowledged by the church, those known personally to us, and those known only to God. This festival can have a sombre sad feel to it, especially in our world where we have lost, and continue to lose to the pandemic and violence, so many. But our readings this week point to a joy that is deeper than whatever sadness we feel at the separation we experience from our particular loved ones. For those of us living through this time, as many moments in history before, we are asked to hold the tension of great sorrow and great hope. (RCL All Saints: Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 24; Revelation 21:1-6a; and John 11:32-44.)