31st Sunday in Ordinary Time 2013
My brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus,
November is always the month for me reflecting on the dead and praying for them. I come from a culture that heavily rooted in paying respect to our ancestors who have passed away years ago, or you can say before the missionary brought Jesus Christ to us we were Ancestors worship and still existing today for many of us. Typically when you enter into a Vietnamese home in their living room you will find two forms of altar attachment to a wall whether it is a Buddha or Christian altar, but then also a low one some pictures for those who had passed away displayed there as well.
As we migrated to this country, in our home we continue to build altars for God and for our ancestors my sibling families have an altar for God, simply the Crucifix at the center of the altar and some statues like Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph or some other patron saints. At a low altar, we put up the pictures of our grandparents and any close relatives who recently died on it and daily or weekly or at time for family prayer we burn incense stick to venerate them. We remember their death day and offer prayers, charity for the reposes of their souls with the Eternal God.
The Church gives us the opportunity to remember our loved ones who have passed away before us this month as a way to connect ourselves that we will be there and joining them one day. The Catechism is talking about the Communion of Saints in the Church. While we are all awaiting for Jesus Christ coming again: the livings, the deaths and saints. We are the Church of Christ remaining in “The three states of the Church. “When the Lord comes in glory, and all his angels with him, death will be no more and all things will be subject to him. But at the present time some of his disciples are pilgrims on earth. Others have died and are being purified, while still others are in glory, contemplating ‘in full light, God himself triune and one, exactly as he is””CCC. 954
As we are part of the Pilgrims state here at St. Boniface and St. Mary, I ask you to join me to continue increasing prayer for those faithful departed of our parishes. I will offer masses on Sunday at each parish for this but myself alone will not be enough. I need your help. We truly believe by doing charity and asking God’s mercy by offering the sacrifice, our loved one who still in Purified state will receive what pleasing to God. Once they are in the Glory state they will be praying for us and we are all waiting for His Second Coming.
Let us come together offering the sacrifice that Jesus commended us to do for our loved ones.
Rev. Joseph-Quoc Vuong