This Monday we celebrate “Memorial Day in our country, honoring the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice, those who have died while serving in our armed forces. We take this opportunity as well to thank all who have risked their lives in service to our country. Our deepest prayer on this Memorial Day is that there may yet be an end of war. In the mean time we pray for peace among all God;s children.
The poet, Langston Hughes, offers an insight into our deepest prayer for our country. In our 244 years we have embarked on a noble experiment; despite many stumbles along the way, our longing for true freedom for every person is a beautiful witness to the capacity of the human person and our capacity together to create community. Hughes sums up our aspirations this way:
O, let America be America again—
The land that never has been yet—
And yet must be—the land where every man is free.
The land that’s mine—the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME—
Who made America,
Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,
Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,
Must bring back our mighty dream again.
This national striving, when wedded to our faith in Jesus Christ can be a powerful force for good. Let our first love for God inspire us in our love for one another and in our love for our country. Remembering the fallen inspires us to create a world where no more blood is spilled. Indeed, we know that Christ’s blood poured out on the cross is the only blood that ought to be shed for any purpose under heave. Christ’s sacrifice for our salvation is enough for us. Let us lay aside our will, and our power, in order that God’s power to save might be fully known even to the ends of the earth.
We will continue our Eucharistic Procession this evening at 6:00. We will stay close to the church, beginning east on Delor, then south on Ulena, west on Schiller and back to the Grotto, all weather permitting. If the rain comes, we will pray the Rosary in church, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.
We look forward to public worship this weekend as we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension of our Lord. Please be patient as we begin again. A reminder to enter through the accessible door near St. Joseph. Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.