Reflections and Perspectives

Welcome! Reflections, Testimonials, and Perspectives for St. Mary Magdalen are offered by our priests, deacons, parishioners, and others as guest writers. We will offer a Sunday Reflection as well as other topics. 

  • Deacon Anthony Cincotta

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls' Day)

Today is All Souls' Day, and so we celebrate, reverence, and remember those who have gone before us. We recognize our loved ones, family members, friends, colleagues, co-workers, neighbors, and all those close to us. While writing this reflection, I paused in silence and prayerfully reflected on my family and friends who have gone home to the Lord. I freely acknowledge that I experienced a variety of emotions. Those emotions are triggered by the stark reality of how fragile life is.

The readings for today are such a comfort, as we remember family and friends who have died and reflect on what it means to contemplate our death. In Romans, Paul writes that NOTHING will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. It is a promise made in and through the Incarnation, and it is up to us, as people of faith, to embrace that promise and accept it as a true gift. Death is a necessary passage to eternal life. It is not to be feared or anticipated with great anxiety. Paul's words of hope and comfort in the all-encompassing love of God are reinforced in his narrative.

In Luke's Gospel, the Evangelist clarifies that not only will the departed be taken care of, but God comforts us in our loss, too. The focus of raising the widow's son was on her when she lost her only son. Jesus had compassion for her and consoled her in her sorrow. In doing so, He brought her son back to life. In our Christian tradition, we understand that the faithful departed are promised eternal life. The difficult part of experiencing the death of a loved one is for those left behind to mourn the loss and continue their earthly journey. As the Gospel makes clear, Jesus has compassion on us in our suffering and is here to comfort us in that loss. Thank you, Lord, thank you very much.

Question of the Day: Do you believe and trust in the Words of Jesus as He reminds us, "That everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him up on the last day"?

Prayer: May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.



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