November 2, 2021

Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed

The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them.

There are many readings one can choose from for today’s Mass. However, this excerpt from the book of Wisdom speaks of the fact that there are many people in the hand of God that we have never heard of, who have never been canonized.

Today, we turn to commemorate all those “who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith.” That faith enables us to look at death and the afterlife in the light of what has been revealed to us in Christ Jesus. Today, I often wonder how many truly believe in the power of Christ’s death and resurrection.

To believe in the resurrection is to come to realize just how much God loves us despite our imperfections and sinfulness. That despite it all, we have a God whose heart’s desire is still life with us… here and now and in the life to come. We pray today for the deceased, hoping that they no longer have anything that would prevent them from completing their journey back to God. We come to celebrate with them and for them the truth of the Paschal mystery, that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life… and knowing that “nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:39). The promise of Jesus enables us to pray for our deceased loved ones because we are all linked to one another as members of the Body of Christ. Our Christian hope is never just for ourselves, something merely individual; it is also a hope for others.

Can I look forward to death today because of the trust I have in Jesus?

Let Us Pray:

O loving Lord, you have given your life for me. Deepen my trust in your love for me and in your desire to unite me to yourself in the life to come.


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About Paul J. Bernier, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in 2015. His most recent book is A Eucharistic Spirituality: Inspired by Saint Peter Julian Eymard – Apostle of the Eucharist, which he co-authored with Jim Brown.