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ALL SOULS DAY

On this All Souls Day we commemorate loved ones who have passed on. The Bible doesn’t say a lot about what Heaven will be like, especially in the Old Testament. But the first reading, Wisdom 3:1-9, gives us a glimpse of it. It speaks of eternal life and immortality for the righteous. They’ll be at peace. They’ll receive great good. They’ll shine forth. They’ll run. God will reign over them forever. They’ll understand truth. They’ll abide with God in love. Isn’t it comforting to know that our deceased loved ones are enjoying all that now, and that we can look forward to it too?

The second reading was Romans 5:5-11. I think as Catholics we have a hard time with terms like “saved”. We spend more time asking for God’s mercy than thanking and praising him for it ,and trusting that we’ve received it. This reading reminds us that the love of God has been poured into us by the Holy Spirit. It isn’t something that we have to work for or earn. It’s a gift. We’re justified by the blood of Christ. We’ve been reconciled to God by the death of his son. We need to rejoice in our reconciliation.

Finally, the Gospel reading (John 6:37-40) assures us that it’s God’s will that everyone who believes in Jesus will have eternal life. No one who comes to Jesus will be cast out. Jesus will raise us up at the last day. Thanks be to God!

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