Season after Pentecost | 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)
Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25; Psalm 78:1-7; (Wisdom of Solomon 6:12-16 or Amos 5:18-24; Wisdom of Solomon 6:17-20 or Psalm 70;) 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13
In June 2012, my Uncle David died. Years of diabetes caused his body to wear out. He was 60 years old. For my mother, who was 20 years David's senior, the news was devastating. She was supposed to be the one who died first, not her baby brother.
In the days after my grandmother died, my aunts introduced me to Iris DeMent's song “Let the Mystery Be." As is true for many people, from the early years of Christian faith, the loss of one dear to me sparked wonderings about what happens after death. I have fuzzy, 15-year-old memories of one of my aunts thinking aloud about the possibility of reincarnation, and older family members assuring us all that my grandmother was sitting at the feet of Jesus.