A popular rallying chant at faith-renewal sessions affirms that “When Jesus say ‘yes’ nobody can say no!”.
It’s the call of the Shema in the Word broken for our sustenance and understanding today and every day. We’re urged to wisely ‘keep’ all the laws and direction which would give us long life, and help us to grow and prosper. These are not oppressive laws but a framework for living which leads to the fulfilment of God’s Promise to His people. Additionally, the life we’re called to embrace is only partially as mortal beings. When we die, Psalm 130, De Profundis – Out of the Depths yields the promise of a more complete realisation of how much we’re loved.
It is at that moment of transition from mortal life to the higher calling of spiritual fulfilment with God, that the commandment to love—God, self and neighbour—may suddenly gain real meaning when heart, soul and strength meet the God who is refuge, shield, saviour and stronghold. It is then that the ‘forever’ God, whose promise to save those who approach Him through the eternal intercessor Jesus, gains additional meaning in our hearts and minds. For many of us, now is the time when we pray and plead for the safe passage of the souls of our dearly departed.