Remembrance Sunday 2020

The Mother of Jesus embracing the Mother of Judas. By Nicholas Mynheer. In a private collection and used by permission.
The Mother of Jesus embracing the Mother of Judas. By Nicholas Mynheer. In a private collection and used by permission.

Not the expected drift of blood-red poppies or the silhouette of a lonely cross with a World War I helmet dangling from it but a much more challenging image to illustrate this Remembrance Sunday post. We remember those who fought and died best when we strive to achieve what they fought for: a kinder, more peaceful, more forgiving world. The embrace of these two mothers grieving the loss of their children is a stark reminder that we do not have to hate; we do not have to be divided. Reconciliation is always possible, if we are willing to allow it. Let us pray that it may be so, whatever kind of war or conflict may confront us.

Note: I also wrote about this image during Holy Week this year.

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5 thoughts on “Remembrance Sunday 2020”

  1. Thank you for another thoughtful reflection which echoes my own feelings.

    It is time for humanity to realise that having been made in God’s image, we need to reflect that image back to our Creator. I pray that new beginnings in the USA can help to make this happen.

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  2. Reading the harrowing stories of those unable to visit their loved ones locked down in care homes. Especially for the elderly suffering from memory loss and dementia, for whom the lack of friendly, loved voices, hand holding and hugs – together with your lovely reflection shows what we are all missing – the right to hold closely and hug our friends and those who are hurting from loneliness and bereavement.

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  3. I find this Sunday the most difficult in the church’s year. I’m often deeply unsettled by our communal acts of worship and remembrance. It’s also hard to give a voice to another way without seeming disrespectful, ungrateful and naive. I long for a collective expression of reconciliation and also repentance – that it should not have been like this. Thank you for providing a home and a focus on a difficult day.

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