Memorial Day 2014 — A Reflection
Remembering and Honoring Those Who Died in War
Becoming Peacemakers Today
Many of you have directly faced the horrors of war.
Many of you have made great personal sacrifices that haunt your dreams.
Many of us have lost sons, daughters, and friends in war.
Today is the day we gather to remember them
And to ask ourselves if there is any way to end wars,
To end the waste of wonderful men, women, and children,
the destruction of cities and entire countries,
the destruction of Faith, Hope and Love.
Is there any way to keep mad men from coming to power?
Will there be a day when defense won’t be necessary?
The Lord Jesus offers us a way out of war – The Kingdom of Heaven.
We are sent to proclaim it,
To announce the New Law of Christ.
It is a path for the poor in spirit,
for the merciful, for peacemakers.
It is a path of persecution for all of us
Who are called to be its prophets.
Called to non-violence,
Called to speak truth to power,
Called to end hunger and want.
The words sound great,
but we are discouraged.
They crucified the Master
and we had such hopes that he was the Messiah,
Said the disciples on the way to Emmaus,
Many looked at the Mountain of Despair of racial injustice and despaired.
Dr. King picked up the stone of hope from that Mountain
and moved the world.
We prayed to St. Michael,
Worked for peace, and the Soviet Union fell.
A Day to Remember.
A Day of Peace.
Do this to remember me.
Bless the Peacemakers.
Now, let us draw near
To the altar of Sacrifice,
To the blessing of the bread and wine
In which Christ becomes truly present.
Let us be consumed in the Love of the Father
and the Fire of the Spirit
To become the Peace of God’s Anointed
in our homes,
among the nations,
Let us be peacemakers.
As we are the Peace of Christ.