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LISTEN: Teaching about All Saints Day

Rev. David Pileggi looks at the All Saints Day Holiday: We should be able to come to this holiday in a proper and biblical manner and honour those faithful ones who have gone before us. The basis of this is discipleship – come and follow me, imitating and modelling ourselves after the life of Jesus. Jesus looks to his Father and he imitates what God does. Jesus’ two main themes are, 1. The Kingdom of Heaven and 2. Discipleship; in effect follow me as I follow what the father does, for example, let there be no end to your goodness as there is no end to God’s goodness. Holiness leads to intimacy, intimacy is bound up with obedience. Paul said, follow me as I follow Christ, let me show you how to follow Jesus, that is the beauty of the feast we are celebrating. Millions of faithful ones have gone before us. The way we live out the Gospel story is by following Jesus as He follows what he sees the Father do. This is the faith that was once delivered to all the saints.

Readings: Revelation 7:9-17, Psalm 34:1-10, 22 Matthew 5:1-12

David Pileggi
David Pileggi lives in Jerusalem with his wife Carol and their three adult children where he is the rector of Christ Church in the Old City of Jerusalem. They have lived in Israel for 33 years where David has worked as a journalist/researcher and for 19 years was director of a study program dedicated to teaching Christians about the Jewish context of their faith. David has an M.A. from the Hebrew University in Jewish Studies and is a licensed tour guide.

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