November 1st, 2017
All Saints Day
Almighty and everlasting God, You knit together Your faithful people of all times and places into one holy communion, the mystical body of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Grant us so to follow Your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living that, together with them, we may come to the unspeakable joys You have prepared for those who love You; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Old Testament: Deut. 33:1-3
Moses’ Final Blessing on Israel
1 Now this is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death. 2 And he said:
“The LORD came from Sinai,
And dawned on them from Seir;
He shone forth from Mount Paran,
And He came with ten thousands of saints;
From His right hand
Came a fiery law for them.
3 Yes, He loves the people;
All His saints are
in Your hand;
They sit down at Your feet; Everyone
receives Your words.
Epistle: Rev. 7:9-17
A Multitude from the Great Tribulation
9 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11 All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying: Footnotes:
“ Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom,
Thanksgiving and honor and power and might,
Be to our God forever and ever.
Amen.” 13 Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?” 14 And I said to him, “Sir,[a] you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. 16 They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; 17 for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters.[b] And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
Revelation 7:14 NU-Text and M-Text read My lord.
Revelation 7:17 NU-Text and M-Text read to fountains of the waters of life.
Gospel: Matt. 5:1-12
1 And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. 2 Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
3 “ Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is
your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
First Reading: Deut. 34:1-12
Moses Dies on Mount Nebo
1 Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is across from Jericho. And the LORD showed him all the land of Gilead as far as Dan, 2 all Naphtali and the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea,[a] 3 the South, and the plain of the Valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, as far as Zoar. 4 Then the LORD said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to give Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have caused you to see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.” 5 So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD. 6 And He buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth Peor; but no one knows his grave to this day. 7 Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died. His eyes were not dim nor his natural vigor diminished. 8 And the children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days. So the days of weeping and mourning for Moses ended. 9 Now Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him; so the children of Israel heeded him, and did as the LORD had commanded Moses. 10 But since then there has not arisen in Israel a prophet like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face, 11 in all the signs and wonders which the LORD sent him to do in the land of Egypt, before Pharaoh, before all his servants, and in all his land, 12 and by all that mighty power and all the great terror which Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.
Deuteronomy 34:2 That is, the Mediterranean
Second Reading: Matt. 21:1-22
The Triumphal Entry 1
Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage,[a]
at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2
saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them
and bring them
to Me. 3
And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.” 4
this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: 5 “ Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘ Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.’”[c] 6
So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. 7
They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him[d]
on them. 8
And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them
on the road. 9
Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:
“ Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘ Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’[e]
Hosanna in the highest!” 10
And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?” 11
So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”
Jesus Cleanses the Temple 12
Then Jesus went into the temple of God[f]
and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 13
And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’[g]
but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’
blind and the
lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. 15
But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant 16
and said to Him, “Do You hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘ Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise’?
Then He left them and went out of the city to Bethany, and He lodged there.
The Fig Tree Withered 18
Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry. 19
And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away.
The Lesson of the Withered Fig Tree 20
And when the disciples saw it,
they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither away so soon?” 21
So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. 22
And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”Footnotes:
Matthew 21:1 M-Text reads Bethsphage.
Matthew 21:4 NU-Text omits All.
Matthew 21:5 Zechariah 9:9
Matthew 21:7 NU-Text reads and He sat.
Matthew 21:9 Psalm 118:26
Matthew 21:12 NU-Text omits of God.
Matthew 21:13 Isaiah 56:7
Matthew 21:13 Jeremiah 7:11
Matthew 21:16 Psalm 8:2