November 2, 2015

All Souls

November 2, 2015:  Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls)

Can you find 14 connections with today?
Legend below


For the gospel

  • Wis 3:1-9  The souls of the just are in God's hands.  They seemed dead and their going from us destruction, but they're at peace, have hope, and will be blessed.  God proved them, found them worthy, and shall be their King.  They'll shine, judge, rule, and abide with Lord.
  • Ps 23:1-6  "The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want."  He's beside me, giving me rest, courage, refreshment, and guidance.  I fear no evil.  Kindness follows me; I'll dwell in God's house forever.
  • Rom 5:5-11  Hope doesn't disappoint, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Spirit.  God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Since we're justified by his blood, we'll be saved through him.  The death of God's son reconciled us to God while we were enemies; how much more will he save us now that we're reconciled.
  • Rom 6:3-9  We were baptized into Christ's death, buried with him so we, like he, might have new life.  United with him in death, we'll be united with him in the resurrection.  We were crucified with him so we might no longer be slaves to sin.  We who have died with Christ believe we'll live with him.   Christ, raised, dies no more; death has no power over him.
  • Jn 6:37-40  “Everything the Father gives me will come to me, and I won't reject anyone who comes to me.  The Father wants me to raise what he gave me to life.”
    • Creighton:  In Mexican tradition there's a saying that people die three deaths:  physical death, burial, and when people no longer remember us.  But we're interconnected in the communion of saints and so don't experience the third death.  Let us hold one another up in prayer, taking comfort that our deceased loved ones are praying for us too.
    • One Bread, One Body:  "A Learning Opportunity":  Our prayers for the dead not only help them but also help us benefit from their prayers (Catechism, 958)....
    • Passionist:  Today we remember our deceased family, loved ones, friends, and others whose lives have ended and for whom we're grateful.  Many cultures and religions have contributed customs to remember the dead.  Christians have developed and passed on popular customs as reverent expressions of convictions about death and salvation.  We might view some (e.g., food left out for the spirits of the dead, altars and candles to comfort those waiting to enter paradise from purgatory) as quaint or even superstitious, but we in the US give new meaning remembering the dead, with Hallowe'en runner-up only to Christmas for holiday spending.
    The Day of the Dead/ Bouguereau
    We believe the dead are in peace.  If we could work through all our conflicts, would we have peace?   No; we need assurance we won't have conflict later....  "We believe we who died with Christ shall live with him.   Christ dies no more; death no longer has power over him."  Peace is possible if we live with him.  Those who died in Christ live, and will remain, in his peace.  We engaged in our Christian lives identify with Christ's dying through our baptism, the symbol of death to sin and rising to life that makes us members of the Body of Christ.  Let us engage our customs; let us offer prayers for Christ's peace to bond us with our beloved dead; and let us live the peace that bonds us with others.
    •  "Every one who believes in him will be raised up at the last day":  God gives us the desire for life and happiness; though our bodies die, he gives us his life and power.  God allowed Job to be tested, but Job still trusted in God:  "I know my Redeemer lives, and that at he will stand upon the earth; and after my skin has been destroyed, in my flesh I shall see God."  David also expressed hope in everlasting life:  "My heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest, because you won't abandon me nor let your faithful one see decay.  You make known the path of life; you fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures."  Jesus promised, "Whoever sees and believes in me shall have everlasting life and be raised up."  The Lord makes his presence known to those who seek him:  through his word, the breaking of the bread, and his church.  To grow in faith to the end, we must nourish it:  "I believe, to understand; and I understand, the better to believe" (Augustine)
    Dress legend
    • 'Peace sign' tie bar:  The souls of the just are in peace. (1st reading)
    • Gold-colored accoutrements:  As gold in the furnace, God proved them (1st reading)
    • 'Sheep' bar:  The Lord is my shepherd (psalm)
    • Green in shirt:  In verdant pastures he gives me repose (psalm); Ordinary Time (season)
    • Blue in shirt:  Beside restful waters he leads me (psalm)
    • 'Silverware' bar:  You spread the table before me (psalm)
    • 'Hand' tie pin:  The souls of the just are in God's hand... (1st reading)
    • 'Crown' tie bar:  The Lord shall be their King forever. (1st reading)
    • 'Cars on roads' tie:  The Lord guides me in right paths (psalm)
    • 'Holy Spirit' chain:  God's love has been poured out into us through the Spirit (2nd reading)
    • Crucifix:  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (2nd reading)
    • 'Skeleton' tie pin:  Día de los muertos
    • 'Blood drop' pin:  We're justified by Christ's blood (2nd reading)

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