November 1, 2020

A49: The Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost/All Saints’ Sunday, Year A (2020)

Richard Voelz

Richard Voelz, Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, preaches the Gospel lesson for the Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost (Matthew 23:1-12). It’s Jesus at his fiercest, confronting hypocrisy and calling for humility. And then Voelz skillfully makes the connection with All Saints’ Day:

“This is what the saints teach us: those faithful people of God who are no longer with us, and who many of us honor today. In ways big and small, ordinary and extraordinary, these are the faithful people whose lives show us the ways of God’s kingdom. Add up the stories of their lives and you will hear again and again stories of people who humbled themselves, when they could have exalted themselves.”

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