Funeral

Homily

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.

MATTHEW 25:1-13

“The Bridegroom comes. Go out to meet him.”



Today, as we gather to celebrate the life of our departed brother/sister, we are reminded of the parable of the ten virgins found in the Gospel of Matthew (25:1-13). This parable speaks to us about the importance of being prepared and vigilant for the coming of the Lord.

In this parable, Jesus tells the story of ten virgins who were waiting for the bridegroom to arrive. Five of them were wise and brought extra oil for their lamps, while the other five were foolish and did not. As they waited, the bridegroom was delayed, and all ten virgins fell asleep. When the cry came that the bridegroom was coming, the wise virgins were ready with their lamps burning brightly, but the foolish virgins had run out of oil and their lamps had gone out.

The wise virgins were able to enter the wedding feast with the bridegroom, while the foolish virgins were left outside, knocking on the door and pleading to be let in. But it was too late, and the door was shut.

This parable reminds us of the importance of being prepared for the coming of the Lord. Our departed brother/sister was someone who understood the need to be vigilant and ready. They lived their life in a way that reflected their faith and their hope in the promises of Christ. They were like the wise virgins, who had extra oil for their lamps, always ready to meet the Lord.

But this parable also serves as a warning to us. It reminds us that we do not know the day or the hour when the Lord will come. We must always be prepared, living our lives in a way that is pleasing to God and in accordance with His commandments. We must not be like the foolish virgins, who were unprepared and missed the opportunity to enter the wedding feast.

Our departed brother/sister understood the importance of being prepared for the coming of the Lord. They lived their life in a way that reflected their faith and their hope in the promises of Christ. They were always ready to meet the Lord, and now they have entered into the joy of their master.

As we mourn the loss of our dear brother/sister, let us take this parable to heart. Let us be inspired by their example and strive to live our lives in a way that is pleasing to God. Let us be prepared and vigilant, always ready to meet the Lord when He comes.

May our departed brother/sister rest in peace, and may we, who remain, be inspired by their faith and their example. Amen.