All Souls' Day,
Painting by Jules Bastien-Lepage (1848-1884),
Painted in 1878,
Oil on canvas
© Budapest Museum of Fine arts, Hungary

All Souls' Day,
Painting by Jules Bastien-Lepage (1848-1884),
Painted in 1878,
Oil on canvas
© Budapest Museum of Fine arts, Hungary

Gospel of 2 November 2022

All Souls

Luke 7:11-17

Jesus went to a town called Nain, accompanied by his disciples and a great number of people. When he was near the gate of the town it happened that a dead man was being carried out for burial, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a considerable number of the townspeople were with her. When the Lord saw her he felt sorry for her. ‘Do not cry’ he said. Then he went up and put his hand on the bier and the bearers stood still, and he said, ‘Young man, I tell you to get up.’ And the dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Everyone was filled with awe and praised God saying, ‘A great prophet has appeared among us; God has visited his people.’ And this opinion of him spread throughout Judaea and all over the countryside.

Reflection on the painting

Today, on All Souls’, we pray for all the faithful departed. We pray for their souls. May God grant them rest in peace and let his light shine upon them.

But today’s feast comes down to one thing: love! We remember those friends or family members because we love them. They came into this world because of the love between two people and because of the love God bestowed upon them in the first place as he created each of our friends and family members. As Christians we also believe that this loving doesn’t stop with the grave. Our love for the people who have died continues, and God’s love for us continues unconditionally.

So today we pray for God to wrap his loving arms around the ones we love as we continue to commit them to his generous protection. Our painting titled ‘All Souls’ by French realist painter Jules Bastien-Lepage from 1882, depicts a grandfather walking with two of his young grandchildren. They are on their way to visit the grandmother's grave. The grandfather is dressed in dark clothes; the young ones in bright tonalities. They are strolling through a land which was, until recently, all open fields. But it has now been transformed as smoky factories rise from the edges of the village that they are from. We see some small allotments on the right, with two workers who seemingly have been pushed out of the village by the industrial factories. But whatever is going on in the background, the grandfather is focused on visiting his wife’s grave and probably share the most wonderful stories about her with his grandchildren.

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Maria Jose Beriain
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Maria Jose Beriain(@mjberiain)
2 months ago

Me gusta mucho este cuadro..El abuelo con los nietos van a honrar a la abuela…y al fondo las fábricas. Lo antiguo y lo moderno se unen…El amor , el respeto y veneración por nuestros seres queridos difuntos es eterno…
Gracias Patrick

Kelly Dougherty
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Kelly Dougherty(@fkelly-doughertygmail-com)
2 months ago

I suggest an edit to the final sentence:
But whatever is going on in the background, the grandfather is focused on visiting his wife’s grave and [he will] probably share the most wonderful stories about her with his grandchildren.

Maria Contreras
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Maria Contreras(@gera)
2 months ago

Recordamos hoy a todos los que nos han precedido, Familiares y amistades que un dia estuvieron con nosotros, pero que viven en el recuerdo. Que en paz descansen.

Magdalena Diaz-González
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Magdalena Diaz-González(@madigo)
2 months ago

La imagen del abuelo camino al cementerio con las nietas muestra la importancia de honrar a aquellos que no están fisicamente con nosotros. Viven en nestros corazones mientras los recordemos. Muestra además la importancia de inculcar esas costumbres a las nuevas generaciones. El amor no muere.

Andy Bocanegra
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Andy Bocanegra(@bogie29)
2 months ago

I am grateful for the fact that as Catholics, we are able to pray for our departed loved ones, that through the grace of God, we can help those in Purgatory get to heaven through our prayers. Lord bless the poor souls in Purgatory.

Patricia O'Brien
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Patricia O'Brien(@marispiper)
2 months ago

Such a moving moment in today’s gospel.
Continuing love is a wonderful thought as we remember all our loved ones.

Anthony
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Anthony(@anthony)
2 months ago

When someone we love dies our love doesn’t die with them. But eventually, like this grandfather, we will talk about them happily again. Love can’t die, because God is love.

Kevin Knowles
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Kevin Knowles(@kevink2000)
2 months ago

I think another message of the painting is that while the world changes around us our love for the departed lives on, so the grandfather’s love for his departed wife reminds us of God’s unchanging love for us

Charles Marriott
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Charles Marriott(@chazbo)
2 months ago

Visiting family graves is a big tradition in France at ‘Toussaints’

Frances Riches
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Frances Riches(@frances-riches)
2 months ago

It all comes down to love as you say.
Thank you

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