Lest We Forget…

 

poppyThese words remind us of Remembrance Day; a day when we celebrate the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice, that is, the sacrifice of their lives for others. And we should not forget them.  Throughout Canada and the United States and surely around the world, we try to hang on to the memory of the wars which won for so many of us the freedom that from time to time (or all the time) we take for granted.  The freedom to live our lives the way we choose to live our lives.  Lest we forget…because to forget is to forget what inspired many of these people to have the courage and strength to give themselves in this ultimate way – what inspired them and gave them this freedom more often than it was not – a deep love and commitment first to God and then through His Son Jesus Christ who Himself gave that ultimate sacrifice and modeled sacrifice for us.  I mention the Father and then the Son, because as we are well aware it wasn’t just Christians who gave their lives and surely there were many who understood the sacrifice they were making without being themselves Disciples but if we were to look around the world and we were to stop and think about it for a moment – the sacrifice made for others in service to God, country and others so closely resembles a martyr’s death.  Men and women who with great humility did not see themselves heroes, did the most heroic things.  I think of those men and women, but I think of the Holy Martyrs as well.  They too are great heroes.  They model the gift of life; the gift of the ultimate sacrifice which we must remember is the gift of love given from Christ to all of us, given by us towards one another when we try to be Christ-like in our lives.  On this Remembrance Day, all of us are called to stop and recall, remember, reflect and lest any of us forget…

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