Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Luke 12:35-40

“Be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect,…”

Losing a loved one can be one of the most difficult experiences we face in life. We are filled with grief and sorrow, and our hearts are heavy with the weight of our loss. During these times, it is important to remember that although our loved one may have left this earthly life, their spirit lives on in the presence of our Lord.

Jesus is speaking to his disciples about the importance of being ready for his return. He tells them, “Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks”. These words remind us that our time on this earth is limited, and we must always be prepared for the return of our Lord. Just as we prepare for special occasions, such as a wedding banquet, we must also prepare for the most important event of our lives – meeting our Lord in eternal glory.

[Name of the deceased] was a faithful servant of God. They lived their life in a way that always reflected the love and teachings of Jesus. They were always prepared for the return of our Lord, and now they have received their eternal reward. [He/She] was a shining light in this world, and [his/her] legacy will continue to inspire us to live a life of faithfulness.

During this time of grief and mourning, it may be difficult to find peace and comfort. But we can find solace in the words of Jesus who said, “Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them.” Our Lord is our ultimate comforter, and in our time of need, he will come and serve us with his love and peace. Let us find strength in knowing that [Name of the deceased] is now on that final journey to be in the presence of our Lord, to enjoy a beautiful banquet in heaven.

As we say our final goodbye to [Name of the deceased], let us remember the words of Jesus, “Gird your loins and light your lamps”. Let us live our lives in a way that reflects [his/her] faithfulness and readiness for the return of our Lord. Let us find comfort in the promise of eternal life and the hope of being reunited with our loved ones in heaven.