Monday, November 05, 2018
TUESDAY, 31ST Week in Ordinary Time
November 6, 2018 – TUESDAY, 31ST Week in Ordinary Time
Commemoration of All the Departed of the Society of Jesus
Rom 14: 7- 9, lOb- 12 I Jn 6: 37- 40
On 02 November the Church prays for all the Faithful Departed. Today the Society of Jesus prays for all the Departed of the Society of Jesus: may these Companions of the Lord Jesus be rewarded with eternal joy and glory with God.
FROM THE 1ST READING: Rom 14: 7- 9
In fact, none of us lives for himself or dies for himself. If we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord. Either in life or in death, we belong to the Lord. Christ experienced death and life to be Lord both of the living and the dead.
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."
One of the favorite themes in the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas is the "Exitus - Reditus." All things come from God ("exitus") and, in whatever way, return to him ("reditus").
For us human beings, of body and spirit, this coming forth and returning have a special relation to God's inner life as Trinity. The coming forth of the Son from the Father (procession of knowledge) and the coming forth of the Holy Spirit from the Father and the Son (procession of love) are the cause and exemplar of :
1) our coming forth from God as creatures capable to natural knowing and loving, and;
2) our returning to God as creatures capable of supernatural knowing and loving.
We all came from God and are created in his image and likeness. In the Gospel reading Jesus desires that he should lose nothing of what the Father has given to him. We are created to be united with God. Our innate desire for truth, goodness and beauty is an indication of our innate orientation to God.
We are body and soul: we have a "soul." The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines "soul" as the "spiritual principle of human beings." The soul is the subject of human consciousness and freedom: soul and body together form a unique human being. Each human soul is individual and immortal, immediately created by God and infused into the body. The soul does not die with the body, from which it is separated by death, and with which it will be reunited in the final resurrection. When we die, our soul passes on, not into non-being but back to its Creator.
We talk about the soul because it links us to God. Our body fades away; the soul lives on. Thus, we remain connected to those who have gone on before us marked with the sign of faith. We pray for them in the hope that one day we may live in communion with them.
Today we join the Society of Jesus in praying for all their departed members, departed Companions of Jesus in the Society of Jesus.
Have a good day!
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