Life, not death.
October 31, 2013
The three-days of Halloween/All Saints’ Day/All Souls’ Day are a celebration of death. Okay, so that’s a simplification. But if death is removed from the mix, there’s nothing to commemorate – either liturgically or in scary costumes.
Jesus said “let the dead bury their dead.” (Matt 8:22) And also, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)
When Jesus was crucified his own disciples thought his ministry was over. They knew he was gone for good and that all his – and their – hard work, was for naught. Even though he had warned them of both his crucifixion and his resurrection, they simply didn’t comprehend what had just happened. But Jesus returned to comfort them, admonish them, and direct them to a higher viewpoint. And they got it. With his ascension, they shared the good news with the whole world.
The apostle Paul writes in Romans, “to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” (8:6) Let us take his words to heart and celebrate the abundant and eternal life that our dear Master explained and exemplified. Let these next three days – and every day – be about life, not death.
Melissa Hayden is a Christian Science practitioner in Salem, OR. You can find more information and additional articles at this link.