The just man, though he die early, shall be at rest. For the age that is honorable comes not with the passing of time, nor can it be measured in terms of years. Rather, understanding is the hoary crown for men, and an unsullied life the attainment of old age. He who pleased God was loved; he who lived among sinners was transported— snatched away, lest wickedness pervert his mind or deceit beguile his soul; for the witchery of paltry things obscures what is right and the whirl of desire transforms the innocent mind. Having become perfect in a short while, he reached the fullness of a long career; for his soul was pleasing to the LORD, therefore he sped him out of the midst of wickedness. But the people saw and did not understand, nor did they take this into account.
The scripture reading above (in bold font for emphasis) points to the reason why some good people die very young, why some children are snatched from the world at a very young age. And as the last sentence is a reality, many parents and love ones who are left behind do not understand and they question God's wisdom. Failing to see that in the end, everyone goes to the same door which is death, some arriving faster than the others, some through sickness or through accidents, some expecting or surprised, but it is the same door -- the door that leads to the great beyond -- of eternal punishment or eternal love -- depending on whether you have made the Great Judge who is standing at the other side of the door your friend, your foe or just a mere stranger that you do not know.
Today, Catholics all over the world celebrate All Soul's Day. Some traditionally visit the grave or burial places of loved ones to offer prayers for the repose of their souls. It is the belief of Catholics that the soul that is not in the perfect state of grace at death would wants to purify itself in the furnace of purgatory to make up for its sins so his/her soul will emerge pure, clean and honorable in the sight of God who longs to welcome him/her to His home. Whereas in hell, the souls curse God for their sufferings, in purgatory, the souls lovingly embrace their sufferings and happily endure it so they may be found worthy to face God in a pure state. The prayers of the living when offered to the pour souls in purgatory provide a brief respite from the pains of purification and help them through the stage of purgation. This is the communion of saints: of souls living in three dimensions -- heaven, earth and purgatory -- offering prayers for each other and aiding one another.
May this day serve as a reminder that we are more than the physical body that we are housed in. We have a soul that needs more care and attention and yet, more often than not is left neglected and unattended. Take time today to look at the state of your soul. There is only One Gardener who knows how to cultivate it. If you have not invited Him lately to visit you, do so now. Spend at least thirty minutes of loving conversation with Him -- just sharing and catching up. He is looking forward and anticipating your invitation -- just thirty minutes. You won't believe the great deal of good this will do to your soul, your mind and your body. Only He can satisfy all your inner longings. Only in Him will you find rest for your restless soul. Only He will have answers to all your questions. But first, let Him be your friend