This is a sermon I delivered for a beloved member of our congregation who passed away after a short illness. He was baptized only a few years earlier after he had retired.
GOSPEL: Matthew 5:1-8
When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying,
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they