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The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed

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Lectionary: 668
Read the Gospel: John 6:37-40

Gospel Summary
Jesus explained to the crowds that God had sent him. He said it was God's will that those who believed in Jesus should not be turned away in the final days. Those who have come to Jesus will be given eternal life. They will be raised up on the last day.

Reflection for Families
We often hear this reading and take comfort in it when we attend a funeral mass or memorial service. There are so many mysteries and ideas in scripture that we don't understand. But the hope of this Gospel is very clear for us. We know that we, and those we love, will find ourselves with Jesus on the last day because we know him and follow his ways.

Bringing the Gospel into Your Family
If possible, visit a cemetery where a relative or loved one is buried. Take a Bible with you and read this scripture passage at the grave. Spend some time recalling the person's life by sharing stories you remember or have heard. This sharing will help keep the memories of the person alive for your family, and will also help you find comfort knowing that they will be raised up on the last day. If you can't get to the grave site, light a candle at home and share stories.

Discussion Starters
1. On All Soul's Day a person I especially remember is . . .
2. I find comfort in this Gospel for several reasons including . . .
3. I envision heaven as . . .

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