November is the month for Holy Souls. We remember each day during November our loved ones who have died and we offer Mass for the salvation of their souls.
We encounter at every Mass, the death and resurrection of Jesus. “Do this in memory of me.” So too as Christians we remember our parishioners who have died this year and those members of our family and friends.
Our sense of loss and grief is sacred to God and each other. Remembering with gratitude our loved ones who have died is essential for our own well being. Life is changed, not ended with death. “Gratitude is the memory of the heart.” In every Mass this November, we live the intimate union we share with our loved ones. Our home is eternal life. All those who have died enter this realm where we encounter them in the sacred mysteries of the Mass.
Our communion with Jesus in the Eucharist leads us to holy communion with the holy souls of those who now live in heaven. Heaven and earth are united and we are caught up in the Kingdom of God.
Life with God means coming home. It means that when our strength is weakened He provides the courage. In our sadness at death Jesus comes to us and tells us not to be afraid. All is not lost. Our loved ones are still at home in us, their love for us remains and the sorrow we feel becomes holy and links us to our loved ones.
The truth is that in Jesus we are all one. In Jesus we find our home, our dwelling place secure. In Jesus we find our loved ones who hold us in true communion at every Mass. Dying you destroyed our Death. Rising you restored our Life. Come Lord Jesus.
May Christ’s peace be with all who grieve.
God love you,