Theme: WE PRAY FOR ALL OUR FAITHFUL DEPARTED
- Isaiah 25:6-9;
- Psalm 26:1. 4. 7-9. 13-14. Alt. R/ v. 13;
- Romans 5:5-11
- Luke 7:11-17
Today we celebrate All Souls Day, that is, the commemoration of all the faithful departed. Today we pray for all the faithful departed, especially for our family members, friends and community. We pray that God may bring them to heaven!
We pray for them, because we believe that God is love, mercy, forgiveness and salvation! We believe that Jesus Christ has died and risen from the dead and given us the Holy Spirit to raise us from our spiritual death and to take us to heaven!
The gospel today tells us that Jesus raised a dead man to life! But strictly speaking it was not the resurrection, because the raised man had to die again. It was only resuscitation. It only prefigures the resurrection.
More importantly, and most importantly, the second reading tells us that through his death and resurrection and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, Jesus has raised us from our spiritual death and he will bring us to heaven! Thus we read:
“Having died to make us righteous, is it likely that he would now fail to save us from God’s anger? When we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, we were still enemies; now that we have been reconciled, surely we may count on being saved by the life of his Son?” (Rm 5:9-10; SM)
Indeed the first reading prefigures heaven! It is an image of heaven! The first reading tells us that there will be a big banquet! There will be no more mourning! Death will be destroyed forever! There will be no more tears! There will be salvation!
Thus in the responsorial psalm we pray with faith and hope that our faithful departed will go to heaven! Thus the alternative response:
“I am sure I shall see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living.” (Ps 26:13; SM)
That is, I am sure I shall see God in heaven!
Again, today, All Souls Day, we pray for all our faithful departed. We pray that the Lord may take them to heaven. And thus we pray:
“Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.”