We Remember…

We Remember…

November is the month of remembrance.  We recall the memory of our loved ones who have gone before us in faith.  We write their names in our Book of Remembrance. We remember their death that separates the rest of us who are still in this pilgrimage on earth.  We pray for them…

Death brings emptiness and even devastation in our life and relationships.   Death, especially as a result of abuse and violence, becomes abominable not only for us and for our God, who is the lord of all life and death.  But out of the devastation, emptiness and abomination, something positive emerges in us.  We re-discover love, even in the midst of hatred and violence.   We renew friendship and personal closeness that would not have been so intimate and loving.   We also realize more forcefully and more powerfully that we are not supposed to be pitted against each other and that we are indeed partners in dealing with our own mortality and human weaknesses.

In this offering of the Holy Eucharist, which celebrates the violent and abominable crucifixion and death the Lord Jesus Christ, we behold power of redemption that comes about  through his resurrection.   In Jesus Christ, we find the meaning of our own suffering and pain.  In Him, we find the context and meaning of our death.   Death becomes the defining moment of our entire life, ushering us to the life that lasts forever.  Death is a masterpiece, as it were, that unites all together the pieces of memories and experiences of a lifetime.

Our greatest legacy and pledge we can make at this point of our lives is to resolve to live our respective lives in the most loving and caring way, in imitation of the Lord Jesus Christ whose life and ministry was marked with love, compassion, self-sacrifice and self-giving.

As we honor the Pastoral Visit of Bishop William McGrattan to our parish this weekend, we join him in offering the Eucharist as Christ’s sacrifice on the cross that has brought us healing and redemption to our broken world.