STARTING MONDAY 24TH October 23, 2022
ENDING 2ND NOVEMBER 2022
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In the moments of sorrow, the Lord is in our midst and comforts us with his words: Blessed are the sorrowful; they shall be consoled.
Loving and merciful God,
we entrust our sister/brother to your mercy.
You loved him/her greatly in this life:
now that s/he is freed from all its cares,
give him/her happiness and peace for ever.
The old order has passed away:
welcome him/her now into Paradise
where there will be no more sorrow,
no more weeping or pain,
but only peace and joy with Jesus your Son,
and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”
“Believe in God” is translated as an imperative (or command), but the Greek could also be rendered as a statement, “You believe in God.” The imperative is probably better in light of the previous sentence.
What troubles the disciples is Jesus’ imminent departure (see John 13:36). “Believe,” in keeping with Old Testament usage (e.g., Isa. 28:16), denotes personal, relational trust.
In light of the context (Jesus going to the Father; John 13:1, 3; John 14:28), it is best to understand “my Father’s house” as referring to heaven. In keeping with this image, the many rooms (or “dwelling places,” Gk. monē) are places to live within that large house.
The translation “rooms” is not meant to convey the idea of small spaces, but only to keep consistency in the metaphor of heaven as God’s “house.” In a similar passage, Jesus speaks of his followers being received into the “eternal dwellings” (Luke 16:9; cf. 1 Cor. 2:9).
DAY 3 – NOVENA FOR THE DEAD
Almighty Father, to whom nobody asks without the hope of receiving,
by the intercession of St. Joseph
and the Blessed Virgin Mary,
enable the suffering souls in purgatory
to be able to leave that place,
especially for the soul of __.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord.
May the souls of the faithful departed through the Mercy of God rest in Peace.