First Down (November 4, 2018)

Dear Friends,

It has been a tradition in our Catholic faith that during the month of November we pray for all those who have died. November 2 was the Feast of All Souls where we remembered all our loved ones who have returned to the Lord.

We are reminded in the Scriptures that we are to pray for those who have died. There is a connection between the living here on earth and those who have gone before us. We are the Church on earth and they belong to the Church in heaven. We look forward to the day when all will be gathered at the eternal banquet.

The connection is that our deceased loved ones pray for us here on earth. They “tug” at the cloak of God by asking on our behalf. We remember to ask for their intercessory prayers to God, to remember us and open our lives to see His presence with us.

The three angels at the base of our altar are a powerful reminder that at the same time when we gather at our altar, our loved ones with God eat the same heavenly food. This reminds us that the “meal” we eat here is what is eaten in heaven. Meals are so important to human beings. We may look at the different people that we have drawn close to through the experience of the meal. It can create a connection, a bond in the sharing of the same meal. The same happens to those in heaven right now.

To feel close to our loved ones gone before us, simply come and be present at the table, and eat this heavenly food.

Peace in Christ,

Fr. Eric