Today we gather as a community, as a family to remember our love ones who have gone before us.
And we remember them with the best possible way, that is, through our prayers .Through our celebration of the Holy Mass.
The Mass is the best prayer for remembrance for the at center of the celebration are the words of Jesus: “Do this in remembrance of me.”
Many of us here have gone through the difficult experience of the death of a love one ..many would even say that it is a difficult experience to bury a love one who have died.
I had experienced it too, and I have to say it is also very difficult to “do the funeral” for a love one
My dad died before I was ordained a priest and my mom last 2011
And we all feel the lost…someone even describe it as a part of us is taken away and lost also
I use to go home often in the past to visit my mom but when she died the following year when I went home I was met with total silence at the house.
We all feel. Something is lacking/ gone.
Like you may have eaten your favorite dish lately but you would always say moms cooking was one of a kind
Their touch, their advices the time you spent together..
And all we can do is to cry. one time I almost did not finish the mass because tears just kept flowing
The general feeling is they are gone and we miss them so much
And we cry..and its okey to cry Jesus wept when his friend Lazarus died
Brothers and sister we grieve because they are important to us and they are dear to us to our hearts
For always we miss what we love
Our prayers the flowers the lighting of the candles or even visiting them at their resting place and remembering them today is our way of honoring and giving them thanks
For the good they have done and showed to us
for we can always say: we are what we are today because of them for what they have given to us
In a way they are our saints with the small letter s,
we pray to the lord but you can ask for their intercession too..
every now and then quietly I speak to my mom and dad and when I need help I ask them.
They never failed me when they were around and even now I believe they will continue to be there to help me.
Eternal rest grant unto them o lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. amen