We Remember

Last night at Dominican University Father Joe Aleugaray shared a story about distilling the message of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures to one  word. Apparently someone once asked a rabbi to do exactly that. His answer was the word “remember“.  Father Joe expanded on this and proposed, that, as we listen to the readings from both testaments, we too are called to remember.

I was glad to be reminded that this Holy Week is a week of remembering.

On Monday we remember Mary’s caring anointing of Jesus’ feet.
 On Tuesday we remember how Jesus broke bread with those he knew would betray and deny him
On Wednesday we remember the betrayal of Jesus by Judas 
On Thursday we remember Jesus washing the disciples’ feet and his Last Supper
On Friday we remember Jesus death on the cross
On Saturday we wait so that . . .
. . . on Sunday we can remember the Hope that Jesus’ resurrection offers us.

I’ve been quoting Desmond Tutu this week:

“Nothing can be more hopeless than Good Friday; but then Sunday happens.
You can’t but be a prisoner of hope.”

That is why we can say
– no matter where we are
– no matter our circumstances
– whether we are experiencing a Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, or Annunciation moment,

“Let us remember that we are in the Holy Presence of God.”

We remember from the Gospel of John. "In most solemn truth I tell you that unless the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains what it was--a single grain; but that if it dies, it yields a rich harvest."

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