A reading from the holy Gospel of John 6: 37-40
37 All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me,but raise them up at the last day. 40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have
eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”
REFLECTION: For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”
I want to be a saint and I am sure that each one of us does too. Built into our souls is a desire to be with God, to be in heaven. God has made us for Himself and we are restless without Him.
Today we pray for our loved ones who have died. We are not perfect to make it to heaven. The new catholic catechism states : "All who die in God's grace and friendship but imperfectly purified are indeed assured of their eternal salvation, but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness needed to enter the joy of heaven."
In tradition we pray for the dead and in scripture we are to pray for the dead (2 Maccabees). Our loved ones who are in purgatory have great joy because they were victorious but oh so sad, because they are unable to be with their lover, Jesus Christ.
All Communion of Saints (the Saints, the souls in purgatory, and we here on earth) are prayed for in Mass and Masses are offered every minute of the day somewhere in this world. We are not forgotten by the Catholic Church. We remember the dead and we want to stay connected to honor our loved ones. We believe that one day we will see them and that their death is not the end of the story.
PRAYER: Dearest Lord, you have invited us to be part of your kingdom and you have sent priests to teach us about your love and mercy. Please watch over our priests as we so desperately need them to give us the sacraments and to say Mass. Amen
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