Blessed are you when you are poor, hungry, weeping, hated, excluded, reviled and defamed? Are you kidding?
In this seemingly absurd passage, Pastor Phil explores how those times we most avoid (poverty, hunger, mourning, etc.) are actually times that we are able to experience a depth and breadth of God's love that is not available otherwise.
The context for this sermon is All Saints Day, a day on which we remember those loved ones who have preceded us in death. In particular, the death of a long-time member, Lorne Peppler, who passed away the evening before this sermon was preached in integral to this message.