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Sermon for All Saints’ Day Year C

Receiving the Kingdom

Luke 6.20-31

I’m not poor. I’m fine with that. I don’t want to be poor. But then I read that Jesus says:

Blessed are you who are poor,
for the kingdom of God is yours.

And I also read that the Lord says,

But woe to you who are rich,
for you have received your consolation.

And I begin to wonder. I want Jesus to tell me that I am part of the kingdom of God. I don’t want to hear him say, ‘Woe to you, Paul—the writing’s on the wall for you!’

How can I listen to Jesus and be fine with not being poor?

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