Reflection for Friday, November 2, 2007: Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed (All Souls)

dc.contributor.authorMahowald, Paulen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorMahowald, Paul A.en_US Ien_US Timeen_US 30en_US
dc.description.abstractYesterday we celebrated "All Saints" day, a solemnity in our liturgy to remember and honor all those who have gone before us and are now in heaven.||Today we celebrate "All Souls" day, again to remember and honor those who have died. As we commemorate this day, it seems much like our Memorial Day civic holiday --without the veteran aspect of the holiday.|What is the difference between our celebrations? On All Saints Day we pray to those we believe are in heaven to intercede for us. And on occasion this includes someone we know and who has been a strong part of our life. But on All Souls day we pray for our loved ones who have died and ask the Lord to admit them to their eternal reward.|Our readings encourage us to open up our minds and hearts to the mystery of God's love for us. We very easily can focus our attention on what we are missing as we remember our family and friends who have died. And this very human emotion is strong and is good and is part of our human nature which God has created.|But God also has called us to trust in His promises of salvation and an eternal reward. The text from the Book of Wisdom states that our "hope is full if immortality"; we are "chastised a little", but "shall be greatly blessed."|The psalm is the very familiar "The Lord is My Shepherd" which emphasizes again that "even though I walk in a dark valley, I fear no evil", for God is with me.|Paul's Letter to the Romans reminds us that we all are baptized into Jesus' death but just as He rose from the dead, so "we shall also be united with Him in the resurrection."|Our true faith is Jesus is to trust His promises to us and all our family and friends. This promise is that "Jesus will not reject anyone who comes to Him" and will not reject anyone who comes after Him."|So on the Solemnity of All Souls Day, while we truly miss and mourn our family and friends, we also praise and thank God for his promises of salvation extended to them.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 668en_US
dc.program.unitSt. John's Parishen_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
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dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.subject.local1Wisdom 3:1-9en_US
dc.subject.local1Wisdom 4:7-14en_US
dc.subject.local1Isaiah 25:6, 7-9en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 25:6 and 7b, 17-18, 20-2en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 27:1, 4, 7 and 8b and 9a, 13-14en_US
dc.subject.local3Romans 5:5-11en_US
dc.subject.local3Romans 5:17-21en_US
dc.subject.local3Romans 6:3-9 or 6:3-4, 8-9en_US
dc.subject.local3Romans 8:14-23en_US
dc.subject.local3Romans 8:31b-35, 37-39en_US
dc.subject.local3Romans 14:7-9, 10c-12en_US
dc.subject.local31 Corinthians 15:20-24a, 25-28en_US
dc.subject.local31 Corinthians 15:51-57en_US
dc.subject.local32 Corinthians 4:14-5:1en_US
dc.subject.local32 Corinthians 5:1, 6-10en_US
dc.subject.local3Philippians 3:20-21en_US
dc.subject.local31 Thessalonians 4:13-18en_US
dc.subject.local32 Timothy 2:8-13en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 5:1-12aen_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 11:25-30en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 25:31-46en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 7:11-17en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 23:44-46, 50, 52-53; 24:1-6aen_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 24:13-35 or 24:13-16, 28-35en_US
dc.subject.local4John 5:24-29en_US
dc.subject.local4John 6:37-40en_US
dc.subject.local4John 6:51-58en_US
dc.subject.local4John 11:17-27en_US
dc.subject.local4John 11:32-45en_US
dc.subject.local4John 14:1-6en_US
dc.subject.otherAll Soulsen_US
dc.subject.otherCommemoration of all the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day)en_US
dc.titleReflection for Friday, November 2, 2007: Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed (All Souls)en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
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