Monday, May 23, 2016
There is a time for everything…
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day, a time, of remembrance for those who have died in the service of the United States of America. It combines the attributes of dedication, of respect and of honor. It is that special day, that special time, that joins humanism and spirituality in a most intimate creation of both celebration and memories.
“Zakar” is the Hebrew word for “remember.” For most of us, remembering represents a purely mental exercise or process in the retention of information. But in the Bible, “remembering” denotes more, it takes on a newness of respect and importance. It usually leads to or results from a purposeful action. Jesus, at the Last Supper, told His disciples, “do this in remembrance of me.” As a result we have “food” for our journey in this life for the next. He sacrificed His life that we might have life everlasting.
You and I enjoy the lives we experience today because others - even as I write this reflection and you read it - have offered their lives in sacrifice for our individual pursuit of the dignity and respect of life itself with liberty and happiness. We have the ability, the freedom, to kneel in the pews of our churches, worship and proclaim the goodness of the God that created us in His likeness and goodness, and freely move about a country with varying color hues of land and of people joined together.
Let us always remember as we join together at Mass on this Memorial Day those who have fought to “make us free” - Jesus freed us from sin and our Armed Forces daily free us from tyranny. Yes, “there is a time for everything” and…
The time to remember is NOW!
Memorial Day Field Masses will be celebrated at the 21 Major Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Chicago on Monday, May 30, at 10:30 a.m., and at varying start times at 16 of its Parish Cemeteries. For a complete list of all locations and individual Mass schedules, as well as a listing of the Main Celebrants of the Mass at each location, please visit: www.CatholicCemeteriesChicago.org. For additional information please call (708) 449-6100.