November 2, 2021

All Soul’s Day


Wisdom   3: 1-9

3:1 But the souls of the just are in the hand of God and no torment of death will touch them.
3:2 In the eyes of the foolish, they seemed to die, and their departure was considered an affliction,
3:3 and their going away from us, a banishment. Yet they are in peace.
3:4 And though, in the sight of men, they suffered torments, their hope is full of immortality.
3:5 Troubled in few things, in many things they will be well compensated, because God has tested them and found them worthy of himself.
3:6 Like gold in the furnace, he has proved them, and as a holocaust victim, he has received them, and in the time of their visitation
3:7 they will shine, and they will dash about like sparks among stubble.
3:8 They will judge the nations and they will rule over the people, and their Lord will reign forever.
3:9 Those who trust in him, will understand the truth, and those who are faithful in love will rest in him, because grace and peace is for his elect.

Second Reading

Letter of Romans   5: 5-11

5:5 but hope is not unfounded, because the love of God is poured forth in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
5:6 Yet why did Christ, while we were still infirm, at the proper time, suffer death for the impious?
5:7 Now someone might barely be willing to die for the sake of justice, for example, perhaps someone might dare to die for the sake of a good man.
5:8 But God demonstrates his love for us in that, while we were yet sinners, at the proper time,
5:9 Christ died for us. Therefore, having been justified now by his blood, all the more so shall we be saved from wrath through him.
5:10 For if we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, while we were still enemies, all the more so, having been reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.
5:11 And not only that, but we also glory in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Or: Romans 6: 3- 9

6:3 Do you not know that those of us who have been baptized in Christ Jesus have been baptized into his death?
6:4 For through baptism we have been buried with him into death, so that, in the manner that Christ rose from the dead, by the glory of the Father, so may we also walk in the newness of life.
6:5 For if we have been planted together, in the likeness of his death, so shall we also be, in the likeness of his resurrection.
6:6 For we know this: that our former selves have been crucified together with him, so that the body which is of sin may be destroyed, and moreover, so that we may no longer serve sin.
6:7 For he who has died has been justified from sin.
6:8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live together with Christ.
6:9 For we know that Christ, in rising up from the dead, can no longer die: death no longer has dominion over him.


John   6:37-40

6:37 All that the Father gives to me shall come to me. And whoever comes to me, I will not cast out.
6:38 For I descended from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me.
6:39 Yet this is the will of the Father who sent me: that I should lose nothing out of all that he has given to me, but that I should raise them up on the last day.
6:40 So then, this is the will of my Father who sent me: that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”