Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away; for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.”
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. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation
As I imagine myself among the crowds listening to Jesus, I hear his assurance that he will never turn away from us. Earlier in this passage, when asked the question, Jesus answers that what God wants us to do is to believe in him. Eternal peace will be the outcome.
All Souls Day was established by the church to remember those who have gone before us, who are now in God’s care—perhaps our parents, grandparents, ancestors who laid the foundation for our faith and trust in Jesus. It is a day to name and remember in prayer those who, by the grace of God, were placed in our lives to love us, teach us, pray with us, offer words of encouragement, thus giving meaning to our lives. Who were those loved ones who were instrumental in shaping me into who I am today?
—Pat Schloemer is a member of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, Cincinnati, Ohio, and in her fourth year of service with the Ignatian Lay Volunteer Corps. Pat and Sam Schloemer have been married 54 years, have 4 married children, and 11 grandchildren.
For your people, Lord, life is changed, not ended. When our bodies lie in death,
we gain an everlasting place with you forever. Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord,
and let eternal light and peace be with them. Amen.