Ghosts and Saints Podcast (Halloween / All Saints Podcast)
Michael Barber, Ph.D. / John Paul the Great Catholic University © 2012
In the Presence of Spirits of Just Men Made Perfect
you have come
and to the city of the living God,
the heavenly Jerusalem
, and to
in festal gathering,
: “ecclesiastical,” “Church”] of
the first-born who areenrolled in heaven
to a judge who is God of all
, and to
the spirits of just men made perfect
, themediator of a new covenant . . .
Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, andthus
let us offer to God acceptable worship
, with reverence and awe. . .—
Mistaking Jesus for a Ghost
As they were saying this, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to You.”
But they werestartled and frightened, and supposed that they saw
And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do questionings rise in your hearts?
See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself; handle me, and see;
for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see that I have
And when he had said this he showed them his hands and his feet.
And while they still disbelieved for joy, and wondered, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?”
They gave him a piece of broiled fish,
and he took it and ate before them.—Luke 24:36–42Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Beth-saida, while hedismissed the crowd.
And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray.
And whenevening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land.
And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them,
but when they saw him walking on the sea
they thought it was a ghost
, and cried out;
for they all saw him, and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Takeheart, it is I; have no fear.”—Mark 6:45–50
Saul, the Medium at Endor and Samuel’s Ghost
Then Saul said to his servants, “Seek out for me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her.”And his servants said to him, “Behold, there is a medium at Endor.”
So Saul disguised himself and put on other garments, and went, he and two men with him; and they came tothe woman by night. And he said, “Divine for me by a spirit, and bring up for me whomever I shall name to you.”
The woman said to him, “Surely you know what Saul has done, how he has cut off the mediums and the wizardsfrom the land. Why then are you laying a snare for my life to bring about my death?”
But Saul swore to her by theL
, “As the L
lives, no punishment shall come upon you for this thing.”
Then the woman said, “Whomshall I bring up for you?” He said, “Bring up Samuel for me.”
When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out with aloud voice; and the woman said to Saul, “Why have you deceived me? You are Saul.”
The king said to her, “Haveno fear; what do you see?” And the woman said to Saul, “I see a god coming up out of the earth.”
He said to her,“What is his appearance?” And she said, “An old man is coming up; and he is wrapped in a robe.” And Saul knew that it was Samuel, and he bowed with his face to the ground, and did obeisance.
Then Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?” Saul answered, “I am in greatdistress; for the Philistines are warring against me, and God has turned away from me and answers me no more,either by prophets or by dreams; therefore I have summoned you to tell me what I shall do.”
And Samuel said,“Why then do you ask me, since the L
has turned from you and become your enemy?
has done to you as he spoke by me; for the L
has torn the kingdom out of your hand, and given it to your neighbor, David.
Because you did not obey the voice of the L
, and did not carry out his fierce wrath against Amalek, thereforethe L
has done this thing to you this day.
Moreover the L
will give Israel also with you into the hand of