32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – 6 November 2022


Greetings of peace, joy and love!

A story is told about an old lady who asked her parish priest for confession and anointing before she died. And she gave him a little instruction for her wake! Eventually she died and during her funeral service, everyone who looked at the coffin was surprised to see a fork in the hands of the deceased. In the homily, the parish priest explained it. “Brothers and sisters, it was her last wish to place a fork in her hands. Because in her lifetime, in every meal she attended, the waiters always say: “Keep the fork, for the best is yet to come!”

This Sunday, the word of God is inviting us to reflect on our future destination – the Resurrection – the best thing to come into our Christian life.

Before we enjoy the gift of eternal life we have to pass the door of death. No matter how we look at it, it is painful to see a loved one go. In time we will cope and accept, but the pain remains. But also Hope remains that we will meet again after moments or lifetimes. Our loved ones or friends have gone from our sight, but we can go back to our hearts and find them there, find each other and find God. May the death of a loved one bear fruit in each and every one of us who are left behind. Fruits of joy that someday we will meet again in the Kingdom that God has prepared for us.

If our loved ones who died could speak, they might tell us three things: 

1. I’m okay. I’m now in this kingdom where there are no more tears, no more pain, no more problems, no more sorrows, no more goodbyes. 

2. Thank you for your love. Love one another. Keep working on love.

3. See you in heaven! Make sure you go to heaven. Live a life worthy of heaven so that we will meet each other again.

May the Lord bless all our goodbyes. Death is the big letting go and letting God. We have to accept that in the end, the people we hold dear in our hearts belong to God.  

Quote: In the end only three things matter: how fully you lived; how deeply you loved, and how well you learned to let go of things not meant for you. (Old Buddhist saying)


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