Revelation 21:1–6a. Where or what do you think of when you reflect on the word home? When did you or your family come to the country you now live in? From where did you come? What part of your history are you curious to know more about? Are there any “characters” in your family tree who stand out for you?
Questions to consider: How is FSF celebrating and building on the legacy of the saints who have gone before?
- How are you currently looking for the Holy Spirit’s movement and activity in your community?
- How are you listening to your neighbors to learn about the current places of pain and need in your community?
- What would be good news (unbinding the broken, chain-releasing) to your community today?
All three readings for today (Revelation 21:1-6a; Isaiah 25:6–9; John 11:32–44) offer the challenge of inclusivity and personal involvement. In Revelation 21:1–6a, we’re told that God makes a home among mortals. How is God manifest among mortals?
“I am making all things new!” “God’s dwelling place is among the people.” God’s plan is ultimate redemption.
Recently, people have been taking DNA tests to discover their genetic ancestry. In one case, a British man who was very anti-German found that part of his ancestry was German. It really made him stop and question why he was so dismissive of a whole group of people. Perhaps this is an epiphany for him, which leads him to question all the biases that give a sense of being set apart as “better than.”
This is an important reminder on All Saints Sunday that the faithfulness and legacy of those who have gone before has not been in vain, but is part of God’s plan and work in the redemption of creation. All Saints Sunday is a time to reflect and celebrate those who introduced us to Jesus, helped form our faith, and faithfully served our communities. But this passage and Sunday also serve as a reminder that the baton has been passed on to those of us who remain. The Message paraphrases verse 3 this way, “God has moved into the neighborhood,” which means God is at work and will continue to be at work in the world, regardless of whether or not we choose to join. Yet, God invites us, equips us, and will send us into this work, if we simply have a willing spirit and open heart.