John 11: 17 – 27
Each year, during the month of November, the Church invites us to remember and to pray for our beloved dead, those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith. We believe that for them, because of their faith in the Risen Lord, life is changed, not ended. It is changed from one side of the kingdom to the other, from earthly life to eternal life.
Among these are family members, relatives, friends, alumni and benefactors. For us, who believe in the Resurrection, death is not the end. It is our entrance into eternal life.
In human terms, there is always sadness at the death of one whom we love. However, it is tempered with hope that we and they will be with God.
During the month of November especially, we should recall the words of Christ in the Gospel of John:
I am the resurrection and the life:
whoever believes in me,
though he should die,
will come to life;
and whoever is alive and believes
in me will never die.
(John 11: 17 – 27)
Eternal rest grant to them, O lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. May their souls and all the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace.