Unlike some of our Protestant friends – if I have a favorite Gospel passage I cannot preach it every Sunday of the year – along with you I have to look at the lessons for each Sunday or weekday.
So, in the three or two year cycle we share most of Scripture, except, as someone said, “We skip the begats.”
What is a “begat?” Begats are the names and names and even more names of people in the history of humankind’s relationship with God. A relationship lived out as faithfully with God as they could in their own time.
So, thinking about All Saints’ Sunday, it occurred to me that maybe we ought to remember them in our cycle of Scripture. We know about the “communion of saints.” All who have gone before us. They, after all, are us and we are them.
This occurred to me as we looked at the names we will remember today. And as I looked at some older parish directories, looking at photos and names of so many who are no longer with us here at Grace. I was reminded of their faith, their hopes, and their lives in Christ. They, too, are “begats.”
From Matthew 2: “…and Achim the father of Eliud and Eliud the father of Elazar and Eleazar the father of Jacob and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called the Christ. So all of the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations and to the Christ were twenty eight generations.”
So today we honor all the generations of Grace Parish, our own “begats.”