1 November 2020: Hail the Beloved Dead

Layperson Lecture #16

To quote Ecclesiastes chapter 3 verse 1, “There is a time for every purpose under heaven.” So now it’s time for a Layperson Lecture! I’m Constance McEntee, seminary drop-out and the Idiot Before G0D.

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Before we get started, I want to take a moment to acknowledge that I am the descendant of European settlers and currently live on colonized Ohlone, specifically Chochenyo, land.

The scripture selections for Sunday, 1 November (All Saints Day) 2020, can be found at LectionaryPage.net.

REVELATION 7:9-17 seems to be oddly fitting with my mood for this week, if not this whole year. It talks of those who’ve come through a “great ordeal” only sanctify themselves and exist in faith.

PSALM 34:1-10, 22 seems to be a song of praise from the point of view of a person with greater faith in hope than I.

1 JOHN 3:1-3 to me relates to the reading from Revelation, and describes the faithful preparing themselves for an as yet unknown but holy purpose

The reading from Gospel according to Saint MATTHEW 5:1-12 is The Beatitudes from The Sermon on the Mount. This is probably one of my favorite parts of the Gospels.

I started writing this on the evening of Saturday, 31 October 2020. Earlier in the day, I attended an online Samhain ritual with my Family of Choice in the Open Source Alexandrian Tradition (Circle of Cerridwen and Strophalos of Hecate) to honor our Beloved Dead. I’m feeling both numb and overwhelmed by the enormity of Death. Not only was our own List of Names extensive, there are all those who died of COVID-19. And many of those deaths were preventable.

The theme I find running through the lectionary readings for this All Saints Day that G0D is with us when we suffer. That is a comforting thought, but there are just so many times when I want to scream at G0D, “WHY!?”

I offer this BENEDICTION: What is remembered, lives. And may we remember our Beloved Dead with the blessings of the Lover, the Beloved, and the Love Overflowing. 

Amen, and go with G0D.

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