One of the most wonderful gifts that God has bestowed on human nature is the ability to remember. That gift should not be taken for granted. In our day-to-day life, it blends in with the imagination, and these two gifts together enable us to live our lives not just in the present moment, but also with the effects of yesterday and the hopes for tomorrow very much within us.
The center of the Church’s worship is about remembering – remembering the life, the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. The Eucharist is essentially a celebration of memory and guides utilization of that gift to enable us to stay close to him.
Memory is a gift to the larger world as well. Today we endeavor, in some way, to remember that we are the recipients of extraordinary generosity of men and women who have given their lives for this country. The numbers are staggering. Hundreds of thousands of young people have been caught up in a maelstrom of war and made the sacrifice in order that the United States would, first of all, be free- and that it would be enabled to hold on to that freedom and bring it to the larger world.
Let us be grateful for their generosity and honor their memory not just on Memorial Day, but every day of the year.