May God make you worthy of his calling
and powerfully bring to fulfillment every good purpose and every effort of faith,
that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him,
in accord with the grace of our God and Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
My Dear Friends in Christ,
“Lord, for your faith people, life is changed not ended.” These words from the funeral Mass speak of our faith that our life goes beyond the bounds of this world, that we are created by God in God’s image and likeness, that we come from God and return to God. This is a grace, God’s gift, and the ultimate fulfillment of who we are. Throughout this month of November, we as Church remember those who have died, our loved ones who have passed from this world to the next, those now with God Who is bringing them to fulfillment and making them worthy of His calling.
In a special way we remember:
We pray for the peaceful repose of their souls, that their efforts may go before them as they come before God. We pray also for their families, that they might know something of the peace and consolation offered by Jesus Christ. We look to support them, to offer them a place of comfort and hope, to welcome them in the name of Jesus Christ.
The loss of our loved ones also reminds us that we do not have all the time in the world, that God seeks to offer us salvation TODAY as Jesus did for Zacchaeus. But God will not force even salvation upon us. God requires us, like Zacchaeus to say “Yes!” with our actions as well as our hearts and our lips. Our actions of generosity and kindness, our outreach to others, our efforts on behalf of others is the way we say yes, the way we allow God to be at work. This is what also allows God to draw us close and prepare us for the day when we too will join with our loved one and with God. May God bless!