A Longing for Forgiveness

November 2, 2016
The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed
(All Souls)
The Gospel Today
John 6:37-40

Jesus said to the crowds:
“Everything that the Father gives me will come to me,
and I will not reject anyone who comes to me,
because I came down from heaven not to do my own will
but the will of the one who sent me.
And this is the will of the one who sent me,
that I should not lose anything of what he gave me,
but that I should raise it on the last day.
For this is the will of my Father,
that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him
may have eternal life,
and I shall raise him on the last day.”

REFLECTION (Sem. Peter Collin C. Crisostomo)

Today we commemorate our dearly departed love ones. In the Gospel, we are given a taste of the Final Judgment, where God will separate the righteous from the unrighteous. Also, the works of mercy are very evident in the Gospel as the surest way to attain the Kingdom of God. Those who fulfill it merits the kingdom, those who do not, cannot merit it.

Last November, seven days after the commemoration of the dead, my grandfather died. It was also my twenty-fourth birthday. It is very vivid in my memory how he gave his last breath. He passed away with a smile on his face but I cannot accept the fact that it was too late for me to ask for forgiveness for all the wrong doings I have done for him when he was still alive.

We were unworthy children of his love. He cared for us especially during our childhood days. He patiently waited for us when he was requested to fetch us from school. He was also on the run when someone was sick. He would buy medicine for us even if the store is far from our place.

My grandfather loves to drink alcohol. He even met an accident because of that. Due to high consumption of liquor, he imagined himself as a flying superhero. He jumped from the second floor of the house. Fortunately he survived, yet that became the start of his illness, he was not able to walk anymore or see clearly. He even got Alzheimer’s disease.

In July of 2014, days before his birthday, he fell from his bed, and that made him paralyzed. He lived for 4 months more before he joined our Creator. If given the chance I would say sorry for all the faults I have made on him.

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