November 2, 2014: The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls)
Jesus said to the crowds:
“Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I will not reject anyone who comes to me,
because I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me.
And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me,
but that I should raise it on the last day.
For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.” (John 6:37-40)
The classic book, Hope for the Flowers, is a story about two caterpillars, Stripe and Yellow, who discover in order to experience a new way of living (to emerge into beautiful butterflies) they must first seemingly die to their caterpillar stage and go through the cocoon period. This Sunday we remember and celebrate those who have died…who are now also experiencing a new way of living in God.
Think about someone you admire who has died. This can be a person you know or someone you have read about. Take time to remember the admirable qualities of your special person and thank God for the gift of this beautiful person.