Hope Does Not Disappoint
Malvern Minute

 

November 2, 2017 – All Souls Day

This is the will of my Father, says the Lord, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life. Alleluia, alleluia!

 

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

 

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

 

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans (5:5-11)

 

Brothers and sisters:
Hope does not disappoint,
because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
For Christ, while we were still helpless,
died at the appointed time for the ungodly.

Indeed, only with difficulty does one die for a just person,
though perhaps for a good person
one might even find courage to die.
But God proves his love for us
in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.

How much more then, since we are now justified by his Blood,
will we be saved through him from the wrath.
Indeed, if, while we were enemies,
we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son,
how much more, once reconciled,
will we be saved by his life.

Not only that,
but we also boast of God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have now received reconciliation.

 

Reflect: Hope does not disappoint. As we commemorate all the faithful departed, we trust in the merciful love of God. We pray for those who have gone before us that they might be made new. As Pope Benedict XVI said, “Purgatory means that God can put the pieces back together again. That he can cleanse us in such a way that we are able to be with him and can stand there in the fullness of life. Purgatory strips off from one person what is unbearable and from another the inability to bear certain things, so that in each of them a pure heart is revealed…”  At the same time, we have the opportunity to pause and reflect upon our own relationship with the Lord. How are we responding to the abundant grace that God pours out into our lives? As we pray for our deceased and plead to God on their behalf, we also need to consider how God is calling us to be better people; to grow in holiness.  We need to set our hope on heaven; to humbly accept the chastisement that God puts into our life; to seek reconciliation with one another and forgiveness from God. Jesus came into the world, died on the cross, and rose from the dead to complete the will of the Father: “For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day” (John 6: 40). Hope does not disappoint. Let us trust in him!

 

Questions: Do I pray for the faithful departed? How might the awareness of death help me to better conform my life to the ways of the Lord? Do I hope and trust in Jesus’ promise of eternal life? Does it impact the way I live and the choices I make?

 

Pray: Loving God, as my faith in your Son, raised from the dead, is deepened, so may my hope of resurrection for your departed servants also find new strength.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

                                                                                                             

I am the Resurrection and the Life, says the Lord. Whoever believes in me, even though he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will not die for ever.

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