Whatever Happened to Memorial Day … and Sunday?
Ever wonder whatever happened to Memorial Day and Sunday?
A Quick “Gut Check”
Here is a test that has no right or wrong answers… simply your answer. What do you think of first when you hear “Memorial Day” or “Sunday”?
Please stop think of the phrase “Memorial Day” and then listen to the first word that pops into your head.
Now, please stop think of the word “Sunday” and then listen to the first word that pops into your head.
There is no right or wrong answer. Just simply what is.
Let’s Back Up
Memorial Day began as a way to remember the staggering 620,000 people who were killed during the US Civil War, and is now arguably best known as a time for going to the beach or do some shopping. Gone are the visits to the cemetery.
The New York Times 150 years ago raised the question whether “the ‘joy’ side of Memorial Day was beginning to outweigh the remembrance.”
Sunday Sabbath has gone from being a day of rest imitating a God who rested on the seventh day, to a memorial of Gods’ covenant on Mt. Sinai, to the memorial of the last supper and the resurrection of Jesus.
But today one could argue that it is now an illusory day of rest with an additional obligation to attend Mass. The obligation seem to be arguably honored more in the breech.
Where Are We Heading?
There are many social factors the led to these developments. But the question worth asking is whether it is time to get back to roots in remembering those whose gave their lives for us, especially Jesus.
Pope Francis reminds “it is the Mass that defines Sunday for Christians” What sort of Sunday can it be if it is lacking an encounter with the Lord?”.
Without Christ, we are condemned to be dominated by the fatigue of daily life with all its worries and the fear of tomorrow. The Sunday encounter with the Lord gives us the strength to live today with confidence and courage and to move forward with hope.”
Something to sit quietly with…
• Do I really value the lives of those who died to preserve our freedom? How do I show that this is a value?
• Do I really see Eucharist as an encounter with God? How does that affect my consciousness each Sunday?