Remembrance Day is on its way and, as it the pattern with the two churches I preach at, that makes today Remembrance Sunday. I can imagine some of you wondering why I, of all people, would do anything special or different for the last Sunday before Remembrance Day.
I can imagine the questions: “Wait. Aren’t you the guy who doesn’t do anything for Mothers’ or Fathers’ Day? What’s up?” Well I am indeed that guy and I reiterate that I am not opposed to any special day but in a Lectionary based church the subject of any Sunday is determined not by the secular calendar, no matter how valuable any particular day may be, but rather by the church year. The nice thing is that sometimes I can combine the two. Like this Sunday.
What I wanted us to think about today was just the act of remembering and what it can do for us. It is as we remember those who went before that we can take courage and encouragement from their lives and their stories. It isn’t the necessarily the most well-known or famous people who have the biggest impact upon us. The story in the Gospel according to St. Mark for today reminds us that having an impact has nothing to do with wealth or status but rather in doing what is needed to be done (Mark 12:38:44)
Knox Presbyterian Remember
St. Mark’s Presbyterian Remember
Please take the time this week to remember, and honour in your own way, those who were willing to sacrifice themselves for all of us.