Today seems fitting for a post on remembering people. I decided after a long and hard debate with myself that part of this post should be dedicated to the remembrances of those who lost their lives ten years ago today and the other part would be how remembering all loved ones and Jesus are a part of the Mass. I will begin with the former.
Ten years ago today about 3600 people lost their lives; I got this number from a relative today who was discussing the events to someone else. The question was raised, just how many people died in all (including firefighters, police, etc.) and the answer given was around 3600. That number seems really scary to me; this was the number of students and faculty in my high school just the year before the attacks! 😯 (Yes, I went to a small high school, but still that can give some perspective on this.) This is probably also the size of at least one class in a public college/university; although, I’m only guessing so I could be wrong. So many lives lost and so little that anyone could do about it! So tragic. These people had no idea they were going to die that day, but Jesus knew that He was going to die and so the night before Jesus died He desired to be with His family and friends one last time.
The last time Jesus met with His family and friends was actually for a Jewish feast of Passover. During the course of the feast, Jesus changed the feast forever and began (or instituted) the Eucharist. At table, Jesus shared unleavened bread and a cup of wine with all those around Him. During this time, Jesus called this bread His own body and the wine His own blood which [would] be broken and shed for all, so that sins may be forgiven. Then Jesus asked that whenever we share bread and wine like this in the future to remember Him. (I’ve paraphrased these from the conseceration prayers for Mass)
Also found in the Liturgy of the Eucharist, where I’ve taken most of this information from, we remember all deceased and loved ones everywhere. We also remember the Saints and the Blessed Mother. This way no one is ever forgotten completely! We remember everyone, every Sunday, every day we attend Mass. No one is ever forgotten!
So while, it may seem I am not remembering those who died ten years ago, I do. I have my own way of remembering those, but I also have forgiven the terrorists with my heart and I know that God alone will judge them. I pray for those who were left behind and I know that God will provide for them what they need to continue. I thank God for the service that men and women who fight for our freedom and prove that we will not stand down to the terrorists (or sink to their level). I pray for those whose lives have been touched by the war on terror, both the families of those fighting and those who are living in the war zone. I still pray for peace. Maybe one day we can make plowshares of our weapons. I can only pray.
In conclusion today, remember and honor those who lost their lives ten years ago today. Remember and honor Jesus, who died over 2000 years ago and gave His life so we might live.