Posted by: livingscripture | November 2, 2010

ALL SOULS DAY

From the Word of the Day 

For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.

                               John 6: 40                    

How should we live this Word 

Very often John’s Gospel recalls the gift of eternal life, connecting it to Jesus’ redemptive action through His full adhesion to the Father’s will.  Doubtlessly, there emerges the image of a God who is Love.  He does not want the death of the sinner and actively intervenes so that all may attain the fullness of life.  This is why He sent His Son and why Jesus makes Himself the Bread of life on the cross and in the Eucharist.  It is a gift that is offered and not imposed because it proceeds from love and love exists only where there is freedom.  Receiving Him coincides with receiving God who is in the Son and who reveals the face of the Father. 

Those who see the Son and believe, adhering to His person in a relationship which Jesus Himself likens to the branch anchored to the vine, cannot but receive the vital lymph the trunk transmits to every branch.  If we remain attached to Christ, we participate in His divine, risen life and therefore our life will never set.  This does not only refer to the future but begins today. 

The final resurrection is not an individual event.  Not only will my body arise but that of all my loved ones and the entire human race as well when in Christ, we all finally reach the unity toward which all of creation tends.                                                             

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will feel myself in communion with all my dear ones who have preceded me in overcoming the barrier of time.  I will ask them to be my companions on the journey so that I may not lose sight of the call to be in union with everyone. 

Lord, I entrust to You all those who have already reached eternity and live immersed in You, in Your embrace of love. 

The voice of Pope Benedict XVI

Detachment from our loved ones is very painful.  Death is an enigma full of disquiet.  However, when it comes for believers, it is always illumined by the ‘hope of immortality’.


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