Today we remember those who have passed from this life with faith, hope and trust in the promise of eternal life. Yesterday we remembered all the saints but today reflect upon those who we know, those who have been part of out lives. Life is a gift from God and nothing that God gives or does is ever wasted. It’s about being a child of God.
Our lives are a reflection of God and his love. Those who have died whom we remember today somehow reflected that love. The dead are never completely gone, they in some way, still live in us. Whether one month, six months, a year, 10 or even 50 years…they live on in our minds and hearts. They have touched us, formed us and changed us. But also know that we have touched them, formed them and changed them. Our love for them is what helps them through life and into eternal life. The bonds of humanity are not broken by death. We remember them and they still remember us while enjoying the fruits of eternal life. Their love for us helps us with this life as we journey to eternal life. Sadness, sorrow, grief may fill us today, but that is a reminder of their presence and love in our lives.
Our loved ones’ journeys are complete and their lives made whole. We are all born to be saints. However, it takes a lifetime to become a saint. How we use our lives is what helps us on that journey to sainthood. The struggles and trials of life often leave us wounded. Too often, we have excess baggage that clings to us or even nags us throughout our lives. After a journey, we are often sweaty and need of a shower. God cleans us up as we pass from this life to the next. God created us good, or as said in Genesis very good, but he did not create us perfect. All those faults and imperfections that we carry are perfected by God. Our souls are purified and are made worthy to stand in the presence of God. All those sacrifices, sufferings and good works do not go unnoticed by God. God turns the good into perfect.
All souls day can touch us personally. Yes, it can be a day of mixed emotions. It is our day to remember, to miss, but also to be joyful. We reflect on our own existence. Each of us is a soul…a soul on its journey. We are still walking on that journey to become all that we were meant to be – a child of God enjoying eternal life with him.
1900 SOLEMN REQUIEM
ALL SAINTS CHURCH
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