Audio Readings November 2, 2012The Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed, All Souls Day

Wisdom 3:1-9 Psalm 23:1-6 Romans 5:5-11;John 6:37-40

All Souls’ Day

“This is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.” (John 6:40)

What a hope-filled promise Jesus makes here! Everyone who lives and dies in Christ will be raised up on the last day. And because this prom­ise is for everyone, it creates a special link between all of us who are bap­tized into Christ. It makes us all members of one family, binding us together in ways that go beyond sim­ple church membership. In a sense, we all depend upon one another because we are all members of the one body of Christ. And that means that our prayers for each other— both living and dead—are more than good thoughts and wishful thinking. They have power because we are all united with each other.

In his encyclical Saved in Hope, Pope Benedict XVI speaks of the ancient Christian tradition of pray­ing for the dead. He notes, of course, that it remains a source of comfort for us. But he also says that it dem­onstrates how intertwined our lives are with one another in the body of Christ:

No one lives alone. No one sins alone. No one is saved alone. The lives of others continually spill over into mine: in what I think, say, do, and achieve. And conversely, my life spills over into that of others: for bet­ter and for worse. So my prayer for another is not something extraneous to that person, something external, not even after death. In the interconnect­edness of Being, my gratitude to the other—my prayer for him—can play a small part in his purification. (48)

Love is stronger than death, and it reaches across time to bind us together. As we reflect today on all those who have gone before us, we should remember that our prayers can benefit one another. Whether we are praying for someone we know here and now or someone who has already died, God hears us. And surely it pleases our Father to see his children caring for one another!

“Father, thank you for all the people you have put in my life, especially those who now sleep in faith. Together we place our hope in your promise of resurrection.” ~WAU




About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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