Nov. 2: The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed

Ruth to Naomi: 'Wherever you go I will go, and wherever you stay I will stay.'

Readings for Mass
First Reading: Wisdom 3:1-9
Responsorial Psalm: 27:1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 13-14
Second Reading: Romans 6:3-9
Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life (NRSV, Romans 6:3-4).

Let us pray.

Father, your life that you share with us in Christ is one. It is one life that enlivens us all. We are all one with you through the Word in the Holy Spirit. The bounds that are forged here in this world, bonds of life and love, can never be broken. Our loved ones, indeed all of our sisters and brothers, are so intimately united with us that not even physical death can separate us. May the life that we all share, your life, be manifest in this world and beyond in all of our actions as we love, serve and encourage one another.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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