Gospel Reflections

Feast of All Souls

Mark 16:1-7

Feast Day Reflection by Sister Josephine Threlfall

Published: November 02, 2015

Read Mark 16:1-7

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Today we remember to pray for the dead, especially for our relatives and friends and many others who may not have reached the perfection of the Saints but long to be with God for eternity. We know that no matter how much we have tried to live lives in fidelity and love of God and all that God created, we recognise that we have failed to some degree. We have unresolved problems in our relationships with others through our own selfishness, ambition and desire to satisfy self; and through our lack of love. We know therefore that we need to go through some period of purification before we can reach the fullness of union with God.

Throughout the history of humanity we are aware of failure and efforts to ask for forgiveness. The prophet Job reminds his people that in spite of failure, God is always ready to forgive: “I know my Redeemer lives, and at the last he shall stand upon the earth..... I shall see my God” Job 19: 25-27. King David also prays to God - “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand (Psalm 16:9-11). In the New Testament, Jesus says “Whoever sees and believes in Jesus, the Son of God, shall have everlasting life and be raised up at the last day” (John 6:40).

Today’s Gospel reading gives us the clear proof that God sent his Son into the world to redeem all people out of love. We see Jesus who was afraid of death like any other human person, was willing to accept the ultimate suffering and death for our sake. So we hear him cry -“My God my God why have you deserted me?” Mark 15:34.

After this Jesus cried aloud and breathed his last breath. The passage goes on to make another remarkable observation about the Centurion, who said “In truth this man was a son of God.” What a great moment of conversion. Jesus freely gave his life to free us from sin and separation with God and so death for all Christians should be a free moment of offering our lives back to God.

Reflection
Do I remember to pray for those who have died that they may enjoy the fullness of God’s love in eternity? Do I know of people today who are crying “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?” How can i respond?

Prayer
"The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want;
he makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil; for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;
and I SHALL DWELL IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD FOREVER."
Psalm 23:1-6

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