Reflections - Nov. 2, 2014

“I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.”  Jn. 11:25-26.
Today, after celebrating the Feast of All Saints, the Church invites to us to pray in the commemoration of all the faithful departed – for our family members and friends who have died.
A few days ago as I passed by the garden of a house I saw that they had coffins and skulls.  According to them they were celebrating Halloween.
I reflected on this and thought how sad that humans do not celebrate life nor the hope of eternal life.  They only celebrate the culture of death.
Today is a day we pray for the souls of those brothers and sisters who are no longer with us.  Today their faces come to mind and we ask that purified of all their faults they can enjoy eternal happiness.  It is our hope.  The Lord says, “he who believes in me will live even though he has died”.
Christ gives us the certainty that we will rise.  “If, then, we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him.”  Rom. 6:8.
Today we celebrate the day of Christian hope.  Because there is a man with wounds in his hands, with eyes of flesh, and heart of flesh that is seated at the right hand of the Father, with all power, interceding, together with his mother, for us and our family and friends who have died.
What Jesus said to his disciples, he also says to us:  “I will prepare a place for you so that where I am you also may be”, (Jn. 14:3), your family and the whole Church will be with me.
If we have worked and fought for Christ, repenting from our sins, we will be amazed when He says to us, “look, this is your house”.  If you have made so many acts of love and sacrifice, if you have very much loved my Sacred Heart, and if you have worked hard for your Church, this is your house, “where what eye has not seen, and ear has not heard what God has prepared for those who love him”, (1 Cor. 2:9), after this life.
Today we pray for our dearly departed and ask Christ, the King of Glory and conqueror of death and sin, for the hope of eternal life.  We also ask the Lord for those who do not know Him and live without hope.  That they may also believe in the resurrection of the dead and the life ever after.  Amen.