October 25 Deuteronomy 27:1–26; Matthew 17:14–27
October 26 Deuteronomy 28:1–22; Matthew 18:1–20
October 27 Deuteronomy 29:1–29; Matthew 18:21–35
October 28 (St Simon & St Jude) Deuteronomy 30:1–20; Matthew 19:1–15
October 29 Deuteronomy 31:1–29; Matthew 19:16–30
October 30 Deuteronomy 31:30—32:27; Matthew 20:1–16
October 31 (Reformation Day) Deuteronomy 32:28–52; Matthew 20:17–34
NEXT WEEKS LESSONS:
all saints’ day
The Saints Are the Blessed Poor of Spirit
The One greater than Moses calls His disciples out of the multitudes and opens His mouth to give them the Word of God by which they are made alive. Jesus preaches about the reality of Baptism in which we are joined to Christ so that what is true of Him is now true of us. Truly, the eight Beatitudes describe Christ, but the plural is used because God the Father now declares this about all who are baptized into the name of the Blessed Trinity. Eight represents those of the new creation who possess the kingdom of heaven just as the eight were spared from the Flood in the ark. Each Beatitude looks back to events from the history of Israel, but also anticipates other parts of Matthew's Gospel. The life of the baptized is to be that of sorrow and joy, persecution and reward, death and resurrection. So closely are we joined to Christ in Baptism that these things of His experience become ours also. This is to be immediately understood of the work of the apostles themselves as they preach the content of the Beatitudes, that is, Christ. If they preach the Beatitudes as Law, the world will readily accept their preaching for the world sees these as admirable guides for behavior. It is only when they dare to proclaim the Gospel of the meek and merciful Peacemaker that they will be rejected and persecuted.
O almighty God, who has knit together Your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of Your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord, grant us grace so to follow Your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living that we may come to those unspeakable joys that you have prepared for those who unfeignedly love You; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Old Testament: Deuteronomy 33:1–3
Epistle: Revelation 7:9–17