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Friday of the 30th Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

November 2, 2018

Friday of the 30th Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Wisdom 3: 1-9

Rom 5: 5-11

 Gospel JN 6:37-40


Jesus said to the crowds: "Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I will not reject anyone who comes to me, because I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me. And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it on the last 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."

  

All Souls Day

 

Native American tribes are known for their elaborate and colorful quilts. Often the memories of the tribes are woven into large quilts used in religious ceremonies. Native American peoples are believed to be among the best quilt makers in the world. What many people do not know is that they have an unwritten law governing the art of quilting: every quilt must have some flaw. Even when they could easily produce the perfect quilt, they go out of their way to introduce a flaw into it. Since the quilt for them is basically a representation of human life and the human condition, the symbolism is clear: no human life is perfect.


In a way, the feast of All Souls which we celebrate today echoes the same message: no human life is perfect, not even the Christian life. The Good News we celebrate today is that God loves us even when we are not perfect, and that the love of God does not abandon the souls of our departed brothers and sisters in the faith even when they did not measure up to the ideals of Christian perfection.


All souls Day is a day annually set aside by the Universal Church to remind us the value of recalling our dear departed brethren and praying for the repose of their souls.

The commemoration was established in 998 by St. Odilo, First Abbot of Cluny, to enable his monks to offer special prayers for the departed souls. This practice by the Cluny monks gradually gained popularity and spread other parts of the Universal Church. The date (2nd November) was chosen so as to follow immediately the Feast of All saints. The idea is that having honored the “Triumphant Church” in heaven on All Saints Day, “the Militant Church” on Earth turns her gaze to the members of the “Suffering Church” in Purgatory, demonstrating the supernatural bond of the “Communion on Saints”.


All Christians believe in the Four Last Things: death, judgment, heaven and hell. Purgatory is not mentioned as one of the “last things” because, strictly speaking, purgatory is a part of heaven. Purgatory is the remedial class for heaven-bound souls. Souls who go to purgatory are those who have been judged worthy of heaven, but not straightaway. They still need some purification (purgation) before they are ready for heaven because, according to Revelation 21:27, “nothing unclean shall enter it.”

The Council of Trent officially declared that souls in Purgatory benefit from our prayers and they require works of charity by all believers on earth as spiritual help to remove their separation from God.


The Book of Second Maccabees chapter 12, versus 16 says, “It is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, they may be liberated from their sins”

Catholic tradition regarding “All Souls Day” centers on the belief that even though some people who have died are in a painful situation; they experience some hope and joy, knowing that one day they will be united with God their Creator. There after followed the custom of visiting the cemetery to pray for the deceased during the month of November especially on All Souls day.  It is a day of hope since it focuses on the fullness of Paschal mysteries –death burial and resurrection enveloping every believer in its redemptive embrace.


Fr. Shepherd Thelappilly CMI


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