Come to Jesus

In the Prayer of the Day from All Saints Day we acknowledge that God knits His faithful people together of all times and placed in “one holy communion;” which is the mystical Body of God’s Son Jesus Christ.  We then ask that God grant us to follow his blessed saints in virtuous and godly living that together “we may come to the unspeakable joys” which God has prepared for those who love him.

However, in the Gospel lesson, which is the Beatitudes from Matthew 5:1-12, Jesus concludes that though we find ourselves poor in spirit, mourning, meek … and even persecuted facing suffering because of false charges against us because we are disciples of Jesus; yet even now in this life “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven…”

The key for enjoyment of unspeakable joys in eternal life and rejoicing even now is found in Matthew 5:1, “when he (Jesus) sat down, his disciples came to him.”  His disciples came to him because that’s what disciples do.  It’s in coming to Jesus that we learn how to follow him and practice for that time when we appear before the throne of God, where we will serve him day and night.

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