Remembrance Sunday; DSP for those who lost their lives in two World Wars, & in conflicts since then.. ..by coincidence or Holy Spirit? our 1st rdg from Book of Maccabees is only occasion in all Sunday readings of three year cycle that this book appears .. & like war itself, it is a particularly moving & pathetic story.. story of two irreconcilable enemies , where Judas Maccabaeus begins a campaign of liberation ; he eventually succeeds & thereby dawns an era of prosperity & peace.. ..the other nations distress is a punishment for sin ..the goodies win because of help of God..& it tells how Judaism the trustee of the revelation of God was preserved for the world..familiar ground Christianity 1914 & 1939 you may think.. ..in conflict situations involving nations, families or individuals, is God present on one side or the other?..or both?
“..ours is the better choice.. to meet death at men’s hands..” ; Lord have mercy “..yet relying on Gods promise that we shall be raised up by him..” ; Christ have mercy “..whereas for you there can be no resurrection, no new life..” ; Lord have mercy May Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins & bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
..lectio divina..divine reading..reading between lines..reading what isn’t said..a rich deep reservoir of spirituality for monks for centuries now discovered by you in the pews where scripture, Book of Maccabees 124yrs before Christ, comes alive for us 9/10 Nov 2019..it affirms the resurrection of the dead, explains the sanctions in the afterlife, prayer for the dead, & the intercession of the saints..a staged revelation of Gods evolving story of his chosen people in kairos divine time..this weekend this Mass this sacrament of the present moment never ever to be repeated..world apart from remembrance..”do this in memory of me” the real presence of the divine here & now..an indication of just how loved we are by the author of salvation himself, invited to be co-authors with Christ..your signature on the card for Marie Podgorski’s 88th birthday for Monday[Remembrance Day] doesn’t just bring bring her to mind, it makes you present to her when she reads your name & you meet again heart to heart..until you fully meet again in heaven..All Souls All Saints..the moving & pathetic story in Maccabees of mother & her seven sons..arrested for refusing to eat pigs flesh; stood up for their faith & tradition of their country; King ordered them to be put to death one by one..v 3 to v8 omitted too explicit & shocking as death of first two brothers is graphically described..Belsen Auschwitz 1944..a moment to remember countless mothers who sacrificed their sons to go to war to stand up for the truth & their faith..heroine’s then, & in war & conflict ever since, the real presence courage & faith of the feminine in person human & divine..hokmah the Holy Spirit divine dimension of the Trinity..pneuma the breath /love of God breathed out & over the tragedy of war..”come down O love divine, seek thou this soul of mine, & visit it with thine own ardour glowing. O comforter draw near, within my heart appear, & kindle in it thy holy flame bestowing” remember ?..& the story tells of the mother “she was especially admirable & worthy of remembrance, for she watched the death of her seven sons in the course of a single day, & endured it resolutely because of her hopes in the Lord; she encouraged each of them in the language of their ancestors; filled with noble conviction, she reinforced her womanly argument with manly courage, saying to them; my son, have pity on me; I carried you nine months in my womb & suckled you three years, fed you & reared you to the age you are now,& cherished you. I implore you my child, observe heaven & earth, consider all that is in them, & acknowledge that God made them out of what did not exist, & that mankind comes into being in the same way. Do not fear this executioner, but prove yourself worthy of your brothers, & make death welcome, so that in day of mercy, I may receive you back in your brothers’ company. “..it brings to mind the courage of my own grandma, mother of four sons & a daughter. All four sons Denis, Frank my Dad, Bernard & Gilbert called up sacrificed to go to war..they all went separate ways..at end of war came the homecoming; my Dad by chance met up with his brother Denis in London & they travelled north to Leeds by train..outside Station chaotic scenes fleets of taxis to take soldiers home..at taxi rank they were put into shared taxis depending which part of Leeds you were going..Seacroft said my Dad..they were put into a taxi where one soldier was already waiting..their brother Bernard..imagine my grandma’s joy as taxi pulled up & three of her four sons came home safe & sound together..the fourth, young Gilbert, a rear gunner on a Lancaster bomber returned safely some time later..”so that in the day of mercy, I may receive you back in your brothers’ company”..the poor Sadducees in gospel confronted Jesus with some humanly-thinking good challenging questions on marriage relationships in heaven..religion too often seeks answers..whereas spirituality discovers between the lines an understanding of true wisdom which emerges in the trench taxi & pew..“when doubt is honoured as much as faith” when we learn to live with the question mark..of the futility of war, of conflict between nations & between one another in family, where being here now together is liturgy at its best; making us think, nourishing our faith, baking our bread, & primarily calling us into active service.”in a universe broken into a thousand pieces, with a thousand moments yet to come, while ashes are blown to the four winds, you keep for your own time only one treasure”..& that treasure beyond question is you.. [32ndSunYrC;Lk20;27-38]