Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Wisdom 3:1-9, Psalm 23:1-6, Romans 5:5-11, John 6:37-40

DAILY HOLY MASS READINGS

THE COMMEMORATION OF THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED (ALL SOULS)

Come, you who are blessed by my Father;
inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. Mt. 24:34
Wisdom 3:1-9, Psalm 23:1-6, Romans 5:5-11, John 6:37-40

Wisdom 3:1-9

My soul's beloved, how comforting these verses are. We need not grieve for those whom we have lost as if we are separated from them forever and will never see them again.. You assure us in Your Word today that the souls of the just are in Your hands. In the hands of God and they are in peace. The souls in purgatory go through a chastisement to render them as pure as gold in the furnace. They have been judged and after they are purified will be rendered worthy to join the company of angels and saints in heaven to adore You, worship You and exult in Your Presence. You have been appointed as King of Kings and Ruler of the Universe and we, Your faithful, belong to You, we are the sheep of Your flock whom You have not abandoned in life and will certainly not abandon us in death. Whether we live or die we are Yours in time and in eternity. 

Psalm 23:1-6

My soul's beloved, of all the psalms this is one that is most comforting, the one that gives us great hope, and consolation. You have told us what a good shepherd and how he cares for, protects and looks out for his sheep. You want us to know that You are our Good Shepherd and You will lay down Your life for us rather than permit wolves to seize us or the terrors of darkness and death to overwhelm us.You will walk with us all the days of our life and as we journey through the valley of death Your accompany us gently leading, protecting, guarding, guiding and encouraging us. Should we stray, You come in search of us, if we are injured You carry us, You are our God and we belong to You not one who is sealed in Your Blood will ever be lost.

Romans 5:5-11

My soul's beloved, what a glorious hope is ours. Hope that does not, and will never disappoint. The punishment for sin is death. We were condemned to an eternal death but the righteous judgment of God was satisfied because You willingly took our place and by Your death satisfied the justice of God. While we were yet sinners You came into the world to save us. You plunged into our death so we may share in newness of life with You in Your glorious resurrection. We are saved and we are reconciled to God through the Sacrifice that paid the penalty for our sins and redeemed us. We thank You Lord that even if we die without having made proper reparation we are given an opportunity to be purified in the great and fiery furnace of God's  mercy. 

John 6:37-40

My soul's beloved, I believe, and because I believe I am saved. The Father has delighted in appointing You as Judge and has given You all authority, rule and dominion because You became the Lam of Sacrifice that takes away our sins, in perfect submission and obedience to His will. You came down from heaven and did all that the Father willed You to do and so He has given You a Name that is higher than every other name. He sent You into the world so that His children may not be lost but saved by You and all who are saved by You and believe in You belong to You and You will ensure that not one little soul that is Yours will be lost. Our hope in You, our faith in You our love for You guarantees that we will be raised to life when You come again to judge the living and the dead all who believe will be received into Your Kingdom and be granted a share Your glorious inheritance.