Monday (Nov 2) Mass readings (the souls of the just / concerning OSAS / Jesus rejects no one who desires Him)

November 2, 2009

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls)
(The following readings are selected from the options for this day.) Lectionary: 668

Reading 1
Wis 3:1-9

The souls of the just are in the hand of God,
and no torment shall touch them.
They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead;
and their passing away was thought an affliction
and their going forth from us, utter destruction.
But they are in peace.
For if before men, indeed, they be punished,
yet is their hope full of immortality;
chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed,
because God tried them
and found them worthy of himself.
As gold in the furnace, he proved them,
and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself.
In the time of their visitation they shall shine,
and shall dart about as sparks through stubble;
they shall judge nations and rule over peoples,
and the Lord shall be their King forever.
Those who trust in him shall understand truth,
and the faithful shall abide with him in love:
because grace and mercy are with his holy ones,
and his care is with his elect.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6

R. (1) The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
or:
R. Though I walk in the valley of darkness, I fear no evil, for you are with me.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
or:
R. Though I walk in the valley of darkness, I fear no evil, for you are with me.
He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
with your rod and your staff
that give me courage.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
or:
R. Though I walk in the valley of darkness, I fear no evil, for you are with me.
You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
or:
R. Though I walk in the valley of darkness, I fear no evil, for you are with me.
Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;

and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
or:
R. Though I walk in the valley of darkness, I fear no evil, for you are with me.

**Reading II
Rom 5:5-11 **

Brothers and Sisters:
Hope does not disappoint,
because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
For Christ, while we were still helpless,
died at the appointed time for the ungodly.
Indeed, only with difficulty does one die for a just person,
though perhaps for a good person
one might even find courage to die.
But God proves his love for us
in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.

How much more then, since we are now justified by his Blood,
will we be saved through him from the wrath.
Indeed, if, while we were enemies,
we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son,
how much more, once reconciled,
will we be saved by his life.
Not only that,
but we also boast of God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have now received reconciliation.

**
Gospel
Jn 6:37-40**

Jesus said to the crowds:
“Everything that the Father gives me will come to me,
[size=]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.” [/size]

The first reading is read at funeral Masses a lot. i always focus on those words Chastised a little!! [size=]***A little!!! ***[/size]ok, i will stop complaining.

this is my favorite Scripture in the Bible, the one about how Jesus will not reject anyone who wants Him… :slight_smile: because i have often felt that i was all alone in the wolrd, as far as human relationships go. and enough humans reject you or whatever, you star to feel that maybe you are worthless after all… then again, someone who is a good person will not reject… or if he does will at least tell you why… but anyway… that stuff doesn’t bother me anymore… Jesus accepts people as they are except for ther sins… he doesn’t like those… :frowning:

Jesus says he came to do the will of the father… and we are to do that also.

OSAS: Jesus says that we MAY have eternal life… if we believe in Him… not that we WILL!!!*

However, while Jesus rejects no one who desires Him, he pretty much leaves it up to us to choose. Salvation is not just the work of Jesus. As St. Augustine so eloquently put it:
“The one who made you without your cooperation cannot save you without it.”

Up until the very last moment, the human free will can reject salvation. It can thumb its nose at the will of the Father. God created man with a free will. He will not force Himself on us. We need to make the choice.

Thus, it is not a simple matter of OSAS; rather, we need to factor in the human element. To reduce it to OSAS, is to take a very narrow approach.

i was not reducing anything… just noticed Jesus said … MAY be saved…

But, as I read your original post, you seem to be advocating the position of once saved, always saved. That is not, as I read it, consistent with Catholic theology.

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