Sunday, October 27, 2019

REFORMATION





The last Sunday in the month of October is the annual celebration of Reformation Day. While the actual date of this commemoration is October 31st, modern convenience moves it to the last Sunday so it may be observed on the usual day of worship.

The October 31st date has a significance that is subdued in this movable nature of the day. The last day of October is not only Reformation Day. It is also All Hallow's Evening, or Halloween as it has come to be named, again in the vein of modernity. All Saints' (or All Souls') Day begins with the vigil after sunset on the day prior. Thus, there is a link between to two as the Reformation reforms into a thanksgiving to God for all those who have gone before us.

With the passing of each generation, the "great cloud of witnesses" grows in the Church Triumphant. We give thanks and praise to God for their life beyond this temporal and spatial Church Militant. And, we carry on the life of faithfulness that the church is called to, following in the ways of our forebears among whom are those who heightned the bar and gifted us with such a high example of what is means to be the Church that was, is, and will always be reforming. So, as we have been shown the "Way" of God's Beloved and Anointed One, we live to mirror that reality for the world today, and for those who will follow.

Hence, the reading from the Scriptures for this day notes reformation as a core and foundational teaching: "Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the [Kin-Dom] of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” (Mark 1.14-15 NRSV--emphasis mine))

Repent is a challenging word to describe. In the Greek of the ancient world, the word is "μετανοεῖτε", or as transliterated into English as, "metanoeō".

(To Be Continiued When Possible)