Reflection on Today’s Daily Readings by Fr. Bertrand Buby, SM
Scripture: Lectionary # 492. Tue of 32 week. Wisdom 2:23-3:9. Psalm 34:3-18.104.22.168.29. Luke 17:7-10.
Many of us have heard today’s first reading at the Mass of Christian Burial. It is very consoling and shows us belief in the immortality of the soul already was a strong thought some hundred and fifty to two hundred years before Jesus was born. The rewards of the just are emphasized and their destiny in God is confirmed. They have lived with a certain amount of wisdom and gained integrity of heart through the various experiences of life. Now they are bathed in the peace that the God of Wisdom gives them. November is a month in which we have this week of readings from the Book of Wisdom. It is also the month in which we recall the lives of those holy ones who have gone before us on the journey of their faith toward God. We celebrate also the departure of all souls who are at peace with God and pray for those who will attain this peace. There is a give and a take in this communication of the saints both here and in the here after and this is a wholesome and holy thought that is confirmed in the Book of Wisdom. Though this is not the same as the Last Judgment or the Second Coming of Christ we believe that the kingdom of God is in the here and now and this included those who have gone through their “here and now.” The communion of saints past, present, and future is essential to the kingdom of God. More than any other writing that is inspired the Book of Revelation is all about this and how all are called to be united in the worship of God alone. The faithful departed and the saints witness to us of the absolute trust and hope that is full of immortality. “Chastized a little, they shall be greatly blessed, because God tied them and found them worthy of himself.” Amen.