It is time for the Liturgy of the Word and a close relative of the deceased slowly climbs to the lectern, leans into the microphone and says, “A reading from the Book of Wisdom, Chapter 3 Verses 1-9.” And then the most comforting words in the Bible for the family and all who are gathered for a Funeral Mass are spoken:
With the reading of this brief passage from the Book of Wisdom and the wonderful assurances it provides, a service that started out mournful, foreboding and filled with “utter destruction” can now truly become a celebration of a life for one who is now at peace; “In the hands of God where no torment can touch them”. No more pain, no more suffering, no more anguish.
As we remember those who have gone before us on All Souls Day, be it family or friends, take great comfort in knowing that the Hands of God are all enveloping and that no torment will ever touch the souls of the just. They are in peace.
Thanks be to God
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