The pain of losing someone as important as your father almost seems inconsolable. Bible funeral readings for father can help offer comfort to you and your family during this difficult time. Funeral readings offer a source of strength and courage for the people who are affected by the loss.
The Bible has provided for us many passages regarding death and life, for these two are inseparable. Naturally, if someone we care about passes away, we would want the mass service to commemorate the life that he led. We allow all the people his life has touched to attend and pay homage to his wonderful existence. Therefore, the funeral mass and the readings for father that are spoken there are very important.
Funeral Readings For Father
The following are popular Bible funeral readings for father that can be included in the mass, or written on a funeral program or memorial. The first reading is from the Old Testament and the second reading is from the New Testament.
“But the souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them. They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead; and their passing away was thought an affliction and their going forth from us, utter destruction. But they are in peace. For if before people, indeed, they be punished, yet is their hope full of immortality; Chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed, because God tried them and found them worthy of himself. As gold in the furnace, he proved them, and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself. [In the time of their visitation they shall shine, and shall dart about as sparks through stubble; they shall judge nations and rule over peoples, and the Lord shall be their King forever.] Those who trust in God shall understand truth, and the faithful shall abide with him in love: Because grace and mercy are with his holy ones, and God’s care is with the elect.”
This reading means that we shouldn’t worry for a righteous man is, instead, with God. It also explains that though we might think death is a disaster, it should be celebrated for those who have died have now achieved the greater good with the Father.
“For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ. Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
This letter of Paul to the Romans explains that Jesus Christ’s death on the cross has managed to free us from the Original Sin that Adam has brought upon mankind. It is through Christ’s death that we are acquitted from our sins and brought life to us all. In correlation, sin resides in death but it is also through death that we receive the grace that is the eternal life.
The next funeral readings for father from the Gospel are also good choices to be included in the funeral service or mass.
2 Corinthians 4:13-4:18
“Since we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we too believe, and so we speak, 14 knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. 15 For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. 16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed every day. 17 For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 because we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
2 Corinthians 5:1
“For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”
2 Corinthians 6:10
“Immersed in tears, yet always filled with deep joy; living on handouts, yet enriching many; having nothing, having it all.”
Paul has touched upon death in many of his letters. In this one, addressed to the Corinthians, he says that the Lord will raise all of us from the dead just as he has done so for Jesus. It also brings into perspective that our bodily existence is merely transitory for what is really eternal can be achieved in the afterlife.
There is a need to coordinate with the Priest or Pastor that would lead the service especially since their homily will be based on the readings. If you plan to read the funeral readings for father at a memorial service at a funeral home, you should also coordinate with the funeral director.
Since the Bible is voluminous, you might be wondering what other readings would be appropriate for the mass. These are only a few of the Bible funeral readings for father that would provide insight and comfort to those that are afflicted with sorrow upon his passing. Scroll down to view our related articles to view additional articles on choosing funeral readings.
Updated: December 10, 2012