Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ,
Today, All Souls' Day, the Church offers prayers to honour and to intercede for those who have predeceased us.
This commemoration also brings to mind our own mortality. It can be a day of mixed emotions, for while we are saddened to recall the deaths of our loved ones. Also, we are reminded of our resurrection. Because of our Baptism and the price Jesus paid for our sins, we too can share in the Resurrection.
Jesus gave all of Himself, even to the point of washing away our sins with His very blood. Jesus also reminds us, as recorded in today's Gospel of St. John 6:37, that: "All that the Father gives to Me shall come to Me, and him who comes to me, I will not cast out."
Truly, our Father wants all of His children with Him in heaven.
We are reminded today, on All Souls Day, not only to pray for those who have died, but also to reflect on how well we might be meeting our own obligations with those entrusted by Christ to our loving care.
Father Ed Bakker
Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne
Launceston on Tasmania