02 November 2016
All Souls Day
Wis 3:1– 9 / Rom 5:5 – 11 [Rom 6: 3 – 9] / Jn 6:37 - 40
From the 1st Reading: Wis 3:1- 9
The souls of the just are in the hands of God and no torment shall touch them. In the eyes of the unwise they appear to be dead. Their going is held as a disaster; it seems that they lose everything by departing from us, but they are at peace. . . .
At the time of his coming they will shine like sparks that run in the stubble. They will govern nations and rule over peoples, and the Lord will be their king forever. Those who trust in him will penetrate the truth, those who are faithful will live with him in love, for his grace and mercy are for his chosen ones.
2nd Reading: Rom 5:5 – 11
And hope does not disappoint us because the Holy Spirit has been given to us, pouring into our hearts the love of God.
Consider, moreover, the time that Christ died for us: when we were still sinners and unable to do anything. Few would accept to die for an upright person; although, for a very good person, perhaps someone would dare to die. But see how God manifested his love for us: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us and we have become just through his blood. With much more reason now he will save us from any condemnation. Once enemies, we have been reconciled with God through the death of his Son; with much more reason now we may be saved through his life. Not only that' we feel secure in God because of Christ Jesus, our Lord, through whom we have been reconciled.
Gospel Reading: Jn 6: 37 – 40
Jesus said, "All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me, I shall not turn away. For I have come from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of the One who sent me.
"And the will of him who sent me is that I lose nothing of what he has given me, but instead that I raise it up on the last day. This is the will of the Father, that whoever sees the Son and believes in him shall live with eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day."
Non-Filipino Catholics may find it unusual that most Filipinos celebrate and honor their dead every year on 01 November by going as families and individuals to the cemetery, memorial park or columbarium with candles, flowers and food: it may seem unusual because 01 November is All Saints' Day. [Increasingly, many now visit their dead on some date close to 01 November to avoid the great crowds and traffic on 01 November.] Not as many visit their dead on 02 November, which is All Souls' Day.
However this got started, it seems rooted in a simple yet deep belief that a person who dies belongs to Christ. This is a faith-inspired extension of what we know about Jesus not wishing to lose any person given to him by the Father. Jesus came to save the lost; he is the Good Shepherd seeking out the lost and wayward sheep. This is what the Father wishes his Son to accomplish. And this is most true when a person passes from this life to the next.
So when people visit their dead be it on 01 November or 02 November, it is not just to remember and pray for them. It is also a gracious reminder of their own mortality that would one day bring them to the same state as their dearly departed. It is an expression of faith that we belong to the Lord who continues to seek us out, to gather us and to bring us to the joyous place where the saints and all holy people are.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Victor N. Nañagas, Jr.
Kitay E. Español
Sheena Lorraine Go Kaw
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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