Remembering and commemorating

All Souls Day is a time to send a message: "I still love you and care about you."

All Souls Day is a time to send a message: "I still love you and care about you."
Deacon John Ruscheinsky
We are a people of remembering and commemorating. Within our families we remember those on special days like birthdays and wedding anniversaries, or on Mother's and Father's Day; and so on. We may remember in a simple ways like a card, or a note.
Sometimes in life we get to busy and so we might forget from time to time to remember. Because of family, work, and other commitments, there are times we realize too late that we have forgotten some one's special day. And so we might send a belated card with the message: I forgot, but I still love you!
Today, the Feast of All Souls, is also a day of remembering and commemorating. We remember those we love who have gone before us. We commemorate them by celebrating the Eucharist in memory of them. This special Mass - by way of God's Word that we hear and the body and blood of Jesus that we share - carries the same message to our deceased loved ones as did the special days of birthdays and anniversaries of times past: We love those in our lives enough to remember them. The Church knew how important it is to set aside a day like this, and so we come together to pray!
 I frequently use at funerals today's second reading from Paul to the Romans: "Are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in the newness of life." "For we have grown into union with him through death like his, we shall also be united with him in the resurrection." Our baptism, our saying "yes" to God, and our faith makes us all united with Him.
Points to Pray and Ponder: God sent His Son Jesus, so that over and over again we can hear Him tell us in the Word and the Eucharist: I will always remember you, I will always love you. Take a moment today to remember!  May the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest peace. Amen.
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