Season After Pentecost: The Gospel Passage – A day to re-direct our thinking

Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to him and asked him a question, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. (Luke 20: 27-28)

This week there is an extra day of commenting; Tuesday Nov 1 is All Saints’ Day. A day set aside by the church to remember and honor those spiritual forebearers who have passed from this world to the next. I am hoping to cite several passages noted for that day, and devote some time to them. That is why I am commenting today, Oct 31st Halloween. I tried to pick one of the passages that reflected a more Christian perspective on Halloween. I hope it pleases you.

Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless; then the second and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless. Finally the woman also died. In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her.” (Verses 29 – 33)

This passage goes to the question, just what is there after this life? And if there is something, how does it run? Do the relationships on earth continue after death? It does touch somewhat on the themes of Halloween – at least the spirit world aspect. And it does connect with All Saints’ Day. Jesus gives a comforting word and an explanation.

There is also the aspect and possibility that this group of Sadducees wanted to cause problems for Jesus. Give him a complex question and situation, and have him get caught up in cross theologies and beliefs. Didn’t happen though!

Jesus said to them, “Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage; but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection. And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.” (Verses 33 to 38)

Our God is the God of the living. Whatever claims Halloween might have, it does not impinge or interact with our God. That is why, I imagine, so many people are against and void Halloween and all the trappings and trimmings of it. You see quite often churches have “Fall Festivals” and “Harvest Festivals” or evening that counter and substitute for the secular experience of Halloween.

Many churches also have services to remember and honor members who have passed. The church, for the most part, does a good job of ignoring and/or negating Halloween, just as Jesus did. The only reason I am commenting today is so that tomorrow I can focus on All Saints’ Day. And to tell you, beloved reader, that whatever the secular world says about today, it does not change or alert what we know is the truth in our Lord God and Jesus Christ. Selah!

About Carole Boshart

I have blog called "Pondering From the Pacific" and it is based on my reflections on the world - sometimes religious/spiritual, and sometimes not so much. Some days roll along smoothly and some days are like rocky shale. But always I cling to my faith . . . . and my sense of humor!

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