Tomorrow is the Feast of All Saints. We'll be celebrating twice. Once at the Marigold Parade (which begins at the South Valley Community Center) at 1:00 p.m. and once at St. Michael's at our usual time.
Tomorrow, we'll gather at the parade staging ground, put the final touches on our float (note the truck above), finish painting our faces and then celebrate a simple meal of bread and wine accompanied by prayers of thanksgiving and remembrance. At that marvelous, joyful, kooky parade, we, along with all the other people dressed in ghoulish costumes and sporting faces painted like skulls, will celebrate life that triumphs over death. That's what we do EVERY Sunday. We celebrate life--life bigger than any one of our individual lives.
Howard Thurman, that wonderful mystic, pastor and chaplain to the Civil Rights movement, often reflected on lives--individual and particular--and life in a bigger broader sense. In his meditation "All Men Live the Eternal", Thurman suggests that there is a "both/and ness" to life--both individual and collective, both temporal and eternal. Thurman puts it this way, "...death is something that comes in life but not something that comes to life. This is the meaning of the eternal in time. All men (sic) live the eternal in time.....Here is one of the central insistences of Jesus, that death is powerless over the life of a man who lives the eternal in time....birth and death with all the vicissitudes in between are but episodes in a wide range of possibilities"(Meditations of the Heart, 67-68). The Marigold Parade and the many activities around Dia de los Muertos celebrate life in its biggest sense.
Celebrate life and the life we share in Christ.