That is why Christ died and came to life again, that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
This quote from today's morning prayer made me think not only of the literally deceased, but of the spiritually and pschologically "dead". Christ is Lord of them as well as of the "living". He is Lord of those who have given up and have stopped trying. He is Lord of those who have no hope.
We need to make sure that we, as a Church open our hearts and our parishes to the marginalized of the world and welcome them as Christ would.