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.

Mark 15:31-39

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Today, as we gather to mourn the loss of our beloved departed, we are reminded of the profound mystery of Christian death in the light of the risen Christ. In the Gospel of Mark, we encounter a powerful scene that speaks to the heart of this mystery. It is the moment when Jesus, hanging on the cross, cries out in a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

In this moment of intense suffering and abandonment, we witness the depth of Jesus’ humanity. He experiences the anguish of feeling separated from God, just as we often do in times of grief and loss. Yet, even in the midst of this darkness, we see the unwavering faith and trust of Jesus. He continues to call out to God, acknowledging His presence and seeking His comfort and solace.

As we reflect on this passage, we are reminded that Jesus’ death on the cross was not just a tragic event, but a profound act of love and sacrifice. It is through His Passion and death that we are redeemed and offered the gift of eternal life. Jesus willingly embraced the suffering and death that are inherent to human nature, and in doing so, He conquered sin and death itself.

In our grief, we may find ourselves questioning why such suffering and loss have befallen us. We may feel abandoned and alone, just as Jesus did on the cross. But let us take comfort in the knowledge that Jesus understands our pain and walks with us in our darkest moments. He is the source of our hope and the one who can bring light into the midst of our sorrow.

As we mourn the loss of our dear departed, let us remember that death is not the end. Through the sacrifice of the Mass, the Paschal Mystery becomes present, and we are united with Christ in His death and Resurrection. Our departed loved one has now entered into the fullness of this mystery, experiencing the joy of eternal life in the presence of God.

Let us find solace in the knowledge that Jesus, in His suffering and death, has conquered sin and death itself. As we mourn the loss of our beloved departed, let us hold fast to our faith and trust in the promise of eternal life. May we find comfort in the presence of Christ, who walks with us in our grief and offers us the hope of resurrection. And may our departed loved one rest in the peace and joy of God’s eternal embrace.