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November 02, 2020

Commemoration of All Souls

Wis 3: 1-9

But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,

and no torment will ever touch them.

In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died,

and their departure was thought to be a disaster,

and their going from us to be their destruction;

but they are at peace.

For though in the sight of others they were punished,

their hope is full of immortality.

Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good,

because God tested them and found them worthy of himself;

like gold in the furnace he tried them,

and like a sacrificial burnt-offering he accepted them.

In the time of their visitation they will shine forth,

and will run like sparks through the stubble.

They will govern nations and rule over peoples,

and the Lord will reign over them for ever.

Those who trust in him will understand truth,

and the faithful will abide with him in love,

because grace and mercy are upon his holy ones,

and he watches over his elect.*

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Life in the presence of God’s mercy and care

Today’s readings for the Feast of All Souls Day include some of the passages most often used at funerals and memorial services, which are probably now more familiar for us during this time of suffering and loss caused by the Covid pandemic.  The Responsorial Psalm, Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd,” is perhaps the best known and most loved verse in Scripture.

The first reading from the Book of Wisdom is one of my own favorites, and my family chose it not long ago for the funeral Mass of my father.  “The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,” says the writer, and they are transformed in the presence of our loving God.  “They will shine forth, and will run like sparks through the stubble.” What a marvelous image for life in the presence of God’s grace and mercy and care.

Tomorrow is Election Day in the United States, and we are often reminded by leaders in our Catholic community and other Christian churches of the key issues we should use as our voting guide.  I’m always a little skeptical about those who are certain what God wants, so perhaps it’s best to follow the example of Jesus, who consistently demonstrated compassion, kindness, and a concern for the poor and marginalized, as we consider our votes. 

Tom Reynolds is the Higher Education Assistant for the Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province.

 

Prayer

Lord,
I believe in your mercy, help my unbelief.
Give me the grace to trust in your love for me.
Help me to return to You and not sin again,
Amen.

—Carly-Anne Gannon

Prayer

Lord, our country and our world can use some compassion and healing right now. In our quiet moments today, we ask for your guidance as to how might offer some “grace and mercy and care” for our fractured families, communities, and world. Amen.

—Tom Reynolds


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November 02, 2020

Commemoration of All Souls

Wis 3: 1-9

But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,

and no torment will ever touch them.

In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died,

and their departure was thought to be a disaster,

and their going from us to be their destruction;

but they are at peace.

For though in the sight of others they were punished,

their hope is full of immortality.

Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good,

because God tested them and found them worthy of himself;

like gold in the furnace he tried them,

and like a sacrificial burnt-offering he accepted them.

In the time of their visitation they will shine forth,

and will run like sparks through the stubble.

They will govern nations and rule over peoples,

and the Lord will reign over them for ever.

Those who trust in him will understand truth,

and the faithful will abide with him in love,

because grace and mercy are upon his holy ones,

and he watches over his elect.*

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Life in the presence of God’s mercy and care

Today’s readings for the Feast of All Souls Day include some of the passages most often used at funerals and memorial services, which are probably now more familiar for us during this time of suffering and loss caused by the Covid pandemic.  The Responsorial Psalm, Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd,” is perhaps the best known and most loved verse in Scripture.

The first reading from the Book of Wisdom is one of my own favorites, and my family chose it not long ago for the funeral Mass of my father.  “The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,” says the writer, and they are transformed in the presence of our loving God.  “They will shine forth, and will run like sparks through the stubble.” What a marvelous image for life in the presence of God’s grace and mercy and care.

Tomorrow is Election Day in the United States, and we are often reminded by leaders in our Catholic community and other Christian churches of the key issues we should use as our voting guide.  I’m always a little skeptical about those who are certain what God wants, so perhaps it’s best to follow the example of Jesus, who consistently demonstrated compassion, kindness, and a concern for the poor and marginalized, as we consider our votes. 

Tom Reynolds is the Higher Education Assistant for the Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province.

 

Prayer

Lord,
I believe in your mercy, help my unbelief.
Give me the grace to trust in your love for me.
Help me to return to You and not sin again,
Amen.

—Carly-Anne Gannon

Prayer

Lord, our country and our world can use some compassion and healing right now. In our quiet moments today, we ask for your guidance as to how might offer some “grace and mercy and care” for our fractured families, communities, and world. Amen.

—Tom Reynolds


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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