Maccabees is not an easy reading but somehow seemed appropriate today, the day before Remembrance Day to hear the story of the persecution of the Jewish people for their beliefs. The brothers and the mother stand firm in their faith as they are led to slaughter. As part of an interfaith discussion group between Christians, Jews and Muslims we watched a powerful documentary entitled, Numbered tonight. People who were tattooed in the death camps and managed to survive the slaughter are highlighted in the film. Their stories varied but all were a heartbreaking reminder of the great cost of war.
The Psalmist sings Guard me as the apple of they eye; hide me in the shadows of your wings. The second reading says that the Lord is faithful and will guard you from the evil one. We still need to be guarded by the One who can protect us. I pray for peace often. It is why I sign off with peace. As the sun went down tonight on these graves, I know that many around the world, still bury the dead, military and civilians. Why do we not learn from the lessons in Maccabees? Why today are we still trying to extinguish parts of the human race? God, do you weep as You watch? I know some days I do.
Peace begins with each person. What will you do to further peace?