Several Sundays ago – I talked about how we all have fears – and my fears are not going to be your fears. Two things most all people fear – is dying, and public speaking. . .
Another one of those common fears that people have is the fear of losing something or someone – and/ or the fear of being lost.
Children fear when they can’t see their parents – and parents hold on tight to little hands lest they lose their child in a crowd.
We check and double check to make sure we know where the house keys or the car keys are.
Don’t lose that credit card – or you will be in big trouble. . .
Use the GPS so you don’t get lost – or if you are like me – you don’t use the GPS until you get lost!
How significant, I think, that we describe the death of a family member or close friend or loved one as “losing” them. “Sorry for your loss” we will say to a mourner . . .
Oh the ever present absence—
the hole in one’s heart and life once filled by the one we loved –
the sound of the voice remembered, but heard no longer –
the quirks and habits that were so much a part of everyday life – now gone.
There is so much that IS lost when someone we love – dies. . .
On All Souls Day, which began in the 6th century as a way of honoring the deceased – comfort, compassion and hope are poured into the empty places of our hearts — through the words of Scripture:
“The souls of the just are in the hand of God.”
“Grace and mercy are with God’s holy ones, and God’s care is with his elect.”
“I fear no evil for God is at my side.”
“Hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”
And most especially: “And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what God the Father gave me, but that Christ should raise it on the last day.”
In the Lord, nothing is lost, and no one is lost. The precious gift of faith, the fruit of Jesus’ death and resurrection – assures us that in Christ —
All that is good, precious, treasured and loved – remains – for all eternity. Even for those whose ending left behind “unfinished business”, our faith knows the love of God which strengthens and purifies the good and burnishes away all that gets in the way of perfect love and communion with God.
We pray that this communion with God, and our communion with one another – may be abundant — and that through the gift of faith and in the sacramental life of the Church – we may be consoled and comforted and strengthened – until we all meet in Christ, and are with our loved ones again.