Readings for the Commemoration of the faithful departed (All Souls Day) 2019
“Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come under judgments, but has passed from death to life.” (John 5; 24)
If nothing else, Jesus is the Great Teacher of Him who sent Him. The Gospel of John uses the word “believe” a verb, rather than “faith” a noun, the word found in the Synoptic Gospels, Matthew, Mark ad Luke. John wants action. We must do something. We must believe.
This very day I am to do a funeral where in the Gospel of John Jesus asks Martha, at the site of the tomb of her dead brother Lazarus, if she believes him. Believing is the key to eternal life. Remember John 3:16? “ For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” This is a consistent message from the Gospel of John.
Those of our loved ones and relatives who believed, even though they die, they live again. Today we remember those who have gone before. We remember those who lived long lives and those whose lives were cut short either by accident, sickness or violence.
Personally, I am glad that our church has set aside a day of remembrance for all our loved ones. I find it appalling to remember our loved ones who were murdered on a day picked by bad people to do evil like 9/11 or even random murders. We can mark the day and revisit the sadness but let’s lift up our family and friends in the Church on this day that our Church has set aside for just such an occasion. We will remember them today as we give thanks to Jesus for them and look forward to our joining them one day in that heavenly abode where Jesus will call each of us by name out of the shadow of darkness and into eternal light. Thank You Jesus
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John+