This weekend we remember and pray for all who have lost their lives as a result of war and conflict. The red poppies and laying of wreaths is a powerful sign of make sure the dead are not forgotten. The inclusion of white poppies is a sign of peace and a reminder of the futility of war. In war there are no winners. We are all losers! We kill, maim and devastate a nation of people, but what is the outcome? We sow the seeds of death and destruction; revenge and hatred and further conflict.
In today’s scriptures, we hear of ‘a time of great distress; a darkened sun and moon and the powers in the heavens will be shaken’. Have these events taken place or is it all happening at present or is it to come in the future? In some ways it’s all three! We’ve had wars and devastation in years past. What is it at present causing havoc to our lives? COP26 delegates are trying to help us deal with Climate Change. Covid-19 has been and still is causing unprecedented damage to lives and our way of life. Nothing could have prepared us for those dark hours. Many have lost their lives to Covid-19. We are not out of the woods yet, but thank God for the vaccines that are saving us. We are living in anxious times.
Jesus lived in anxious time too. The people were oppressed by Roman occupation; Jesus foretold of the destruction of Jerusalem; his own life was being threatened constantly and we know what happened in the end.
What was it that sustained Jesus through his dark days? From the very beginning he trusted in God his Father. Even in the darkest hours he knew he was to carry out the Fathers will. He was pushed to the limit on the cross… ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ Even Jesus was in the depths of despair!
So in the midst of tragedy, the unknown and all adversity, we too must place our trust in a God who loves us, even if we are sometimes in the dark. Jesus is the promise of hope and consolation to help us in our pilgrim journey.
That’s all for now. Have a blessed week! Fr. Joe