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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Thursday of the 30th Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

(Readings are to be selected from those set forth in the lectionary for the Masses for the dead)


The commemoration of the Faithful Departed

They Need Us Badly


Once, a boy had a quarrel with his dad. In anger the boy took few nails and nailed them on the door of his room. Few hours later the boy came in to conscience. He got reconciled himself with his father and also informed him about the nails on the door. The father took him to the room and both together removed all the nails. Still the boy was not happy. When asked of the reason, the boy said, “The marks of the nails are still remaining”.


The story explains the reason behind the All Souls Day. While the sacrament of penance (confession) is essential for the forgiveness of sins, purgatory may still be necessary for many to satisfy the temporal punishment still due for venial and forgiven mortal sins. Purgatory could be seen as a cleansing fire     (I Cor 3:15). Once in purgatory, the souls can do nothing for themselves but undergo the purification in agony and pain. However, our humble prayers for them can help them to be freed of the sufferings that they endure (2 Macc 12:46) and will enable these souls to enter the final union with God faster.


The saints teach us that the severity of the pain these souls endure in purgatory is almost equal to that of the souls condemned to hell. Their pain increases when they see God in distance. It is like a person becomes thirstier if he/she drinks water but doesn’t drink it sufficiently. In their helplessness they are looking at us for the help. It is we alone, not even the angels in heaven can help these souls. In other words, the souls in purgatory are badly in need of us.


The Church, the Mystical Body of Christ, is a family. This family includes Militant Church on earth, Suffering Church in purgatory and Triumphant Church in heaven. When one member suffers, the entire family must feel the pain. The other members must be ready to help the suffering member.  Let’s renew once again the forgotten practice of praying for the souls in purgatory and offer our sufferings for the benefit of these souls.

This Day also reminds us never to forget or to lose sight of the heavenly homeland, final goal of our pilgrimage on earth. This feast is also a reminder about our death. The death is a reality. There is no ‘first come first served’ principle applied here. Death could extent its invitation to us at any time whether we are young or old, married or unmarried, poor or rich. Let’s live a life worthy of entering to the heavenly bliss, the final union with our loving Jesus.


The practice of praying for the dead will surely give relief to the numerous souls in purgatory and will help us in turn to live our life oriented towards eternity.


Fr. Johnson Bezalel CMI


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