A Reflection for Remembrance Sunday, the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, by Fr Louie Kitt.
“We want you to be quite certain, brothers, about those who have died, to make sure that you do not grieve about them, like the other people who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again, and that it will be the same for those who have died in Jesus: God will bring them with him.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13)
As we remember all those who made those sacrifices in the First and Second World Wars we remember those sacred words of the Mass, “do this in remembrance of me”. Those who sacrificed their lives in those wars have been ‘re-membered’ literally in terms of being alive after death. Jesus only had the capacity to speak the truth and so we truly believe those words of St. Paul, “God will bring them with him”.
As we struggle through these days of pandemic, we remember that because of Jesus’ death and Resurrection, everything has been turned upside down. Our Baptism into Jesus’ life means that His life is our life. His death and our death are inseparable, meaning His Resurrection is inseparable from ours.
As we commemorate those, who like Jesus, sacrificed their lives for the many, we remember our depts for sacrifices made and look forward to the time when we are all ‘re-membered’ or joined back together through the blood of Christ.
Fr. Louie Kitt