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Bishop's Message

 

My Dear Fathers, Sisters and Laity,

The old time pastor was galloping down the road, rushing to get to church on time. Suddenly his horse stumbled and pitched him to the ground.  In the dirt with a broken leg, the pastor called out, “All you saints in Heaven help me get up on my horse!”

Then, with extraordinary effort, he leaped onto the horse’s back and fell off the other side.

Once again, on the ground, he called to Heaven, “All right, just half of you this time!”

“…”

There are two great feasts that fall on this month of November. One is All Saints day and the other one is All Souls day.

Every human being is created in the image of God. All are called to lead a holy life. However, the choice depends on us how we look at holiness in our life. Pope Francis observed, "Do not be afraid of holiness. It will take away none of your energy, vitality or joy." Hence, it is true that our holiness will bring true joy to our life.

With regard to All Souls day, when we read the Bible in the book of Job we see when Job was in darkness of sickness, he was in fact at death’s door. At that moment of anguish, of grief and of suffering, Job proclaimed with hope: “I know that my Redeemer lives, and at last He will stand upon the earth … and I shall see God … and my eyes shall behold, and not another” (Job 19:25.27). What a faith he had at that moment of great loss of both health and wealth. This gives concrete foundation to our faith on the day of commemoration of the deceased.

 The Commemoration of the deceased has this twofold sense.

1. The memory of the past: a cemetery is sad, it reminds us of our dear ones who have gone, it reminds us also of our own death in the future.  

2. The Hope of the future: The sadness is mixed with hope. In addition, this is what all of us feel on that day the memory of our dear ones, before their mortal remains, and hope.

However, we also feel that this hope helps us, because we too must tread this path. All of us will tread this path eventually, all of us will, with grief, with more or less grief, but all of us, but with the flower of hope, with that strong thread that is anchored in the beyond. See, the hope of resurrection does not deceive.

Foremost, one who first tread this path was Jesus. We go on the path that he did. The one who opened the door for us is He Himself, is Jesus: with His cross He opened for us the door of hope; He opened the door for us to enter where we will contemplate God. “I know that my Redeemer lives, and at last He will stand upon the earth … and I shall see God … and my eyes shall behold and not another.”

We return home today with this twofold memory: the memory of the past, of our dear ones that have gone, and the memory of the future, of the path we shall tread – with the certainty, the security; that certainty that issued from the lips of Jesus: “I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:40)

With my prayers and blessings,                                                                       

 

                                                                                                                                                 Yours in the Lord,


+ Lawrence Pius
Bishop of Dharmapuri

 
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