Homily for the All Souls' Day - Jn. 6:37-40


by

Father Daniel Meynen
 
 

" In the synagogue of Capharnaüm, Jesus said: « All that the Father gives me will come to me; and him who comes to me I will not cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me; and this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up at the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that every one who sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. » "




Homily:


" In the synagogue of Capharnaüm, Jesus said: « All that the Father gives me will come to me; and him who comes to me I will not cast out. » "


What is the Church asking of us today? You probably know the answer! The Church is asking us to pray in a very special way for all the deceased, for all those whom we knew, but also for all those who died without the news of their disappearance ever being communicated to us. Because if we know only a minute part of this multitude of people who died since the creation of the world, God, on the other hand, knows them all, and each one in their individuality. God knows all things: he knows what we are doing now because he watches us, he listens to us, he waits for us to turn to him with the simplicity of a child who confides in his Father full of love and tenderness!


" « All that the Father gives me will come to me ; and him who comes to me I will not cast out. » "


What do these words of Jesus mean: « All that the Father gives me will come to me; and him who comes to me I will not cast out »? The answer is in the Mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. In fact, the one whom the Father gives to his Son is first, or rather, eternally, the Spirit, who is common to both the Father and to the Son: because the Holy Spirit is the divine Person in whom God exists like a Gift, and like a Gift of oneself. So, when the Father gives to his Son all men who are called to go towards Christ, it is first and foremost this other fact which is accomplished: the Gift of the Holy Spirit. When Jesus said: « All that the Father gives me will come to me; and him who comes to me I will not cast out », what he means to say is that the Father gives to his Son, completely, the Holy Spirit and the man or the woman who is called by God to go toward the Savior of the world.


" « For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. » "


These words of the Lord confirm what we said. Because the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and from the Son according to their common will. Also, when Jesus states that he is fulfilling the will of his Father, it can only be by thinking of this Spirit of Love who unites the Father and the Son in the same and unique divine essence. All this may appear to be difficult for us to understand. That is quite normal, since the Most Holy Trinity is and will always remain a Mystery. Nonetheless, it is necessary to speak of it because today, when we are commemorating all the faithful departed, it is towards Heaven and towards the eternity that we have to turn: it is to the God-Love, three times Holy, that we direct our prayers for the souls of all those who died before us!


" « And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up at the last day. » "


These are some of the most beautiful words of the Lord! His Father, our Father, does not want him to lose any of those whom he gave to him! And how could he lose them? Does not the Father give his Son the Spirit of Love at the same time as he gives him those whom he calls to go towards the Redeemer of man? Could the Son lose the eternal Spirit who is one with him? No, it is not possible! Jesus could not lose those who are given to him at the same time as the Holy Spirit! If therefore, during his or her life on earth, a man, or a woman, remains firmly united to the Holy Spirit by means of faith, hope, and charity, then how could it happen that Jesus would lose him or her? No, it is not possible! If a Christian remains faithful to the Spirit who stays in him, then Jesus will raise him up at the last day!


" « For this is the will of my Father, that every one who sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. » "


This last word of the Lord is for us today! To see the Son, to believe in him, that is what we are doing in the course of this Eucharist! Jesus is going to be present on the altar, actualizing his redeeming sacrifice! Let us ask Mary, who saw her Son on earth, and who sees him constantly in Heaven, to grant us this grace of the eternal life. May we through Mary, through her almighty prayer, all receive the eternal life which is in her Son, and may, through Her, the souls of all the departed rest in eternal peace!



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