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Reflection: 10th November 2019

A Reflection for the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

LUKE 20: 27 - 38( http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/111019.cfm  )

Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is no resurrection, came forward.

Traditionally for us in the Church, November is the month of the Holy Souls and there are many spiritual practices and devotions attached to this time. I recall that, as a young boy, I found some of these devotions to be terrifying.

Today, as I sit with grieving families at the time of a death, they will sometimes express their fears, anger or despair especially if the deceased is a young child or if the bereaved is the sole surviving parent of small children. I very often feel conflicted about what I thought as a young boy and what I think and feel now as a minister in these difficult situations.

Over the years my image of God has changed from a judgmental God in the sky, to a loving Father / Mother God who cares deeply for all of us.

As I listen to these families and their friends, I often feel overwhelmed and I don’t have answers. Sometimes I repeating to myself the text from St. John:

Do not let your hearts be troubled,

Trust in God still, and trust in me.

There are many rooms in my Father’s house:

If there were not, I should have told you.

I am going to prepare a place for you.

And after I have gone and prepared a place for you

I shall take you with me:

So that where I am

You may be too.

 

I pray this text privately as I feel that people at that time are neither in a position nor disposed to hear these words. I say little but try to be present with them in their grief.


Michael Kane C.S.Sp. - Ordained in 1969,Fr. Michael has ministered in Ireland, Brazil and the USA. He currently leads the work in Ireland of the Office for Spiritan Life & Identity.