HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF ALL SOULS.
THEME: LIFE IS SHORT.
BY: Fr A. N. Abiagom, CM.
HOMILY FOR WWEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 2 2022.
As each day passes on, our life span on earth reduces. Should this trigger fear? If it does, then it is a realistic fear. We are going to die one day. When? How? We may not know.
When I sit back and ponder on how days become weeks, weeks become months, months become years, and years become decades; how fleeting life becomes is glaring.
There was a saint who made the choice of his grave while he was still living. Each day while he lived on, he dug out the grave gradually. Sounds scary I know, but it’s just a good understanding of life. Today we are here, tomorrow we are gone out of here.
Sometimes it may be good to take a walk beside a graveyard or simply where someone was buried. Have you ever done that? Have you ever seen a corpse? Frightening questions it may seem but questions of reality.
As a priest, I have seen the sick die on sick beds. I have come very close to corpses during funeral ceremonies. Caskets have been lowered into the graves before my eyes. One thing I tell my self, “it will be my turn one day.”
Dear friends, one day it will be the turn of everyone reading this message now. However, there is no cause for alarm. Death is gain for those that love God and their fellow human beings. The life that comes with a virtuous death is eternal life.
I condole with all who remember today the death of their loved ones. May they all be consoled with our hope in the resurrection of the dead.
May the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace (Amen).