By the scriptures on this Veterans’ Day weekend we are reminded of that timeless adage that says to us: “All gave some……some gave all!” That first reading from the First Book of Kings tells us of Elijah’s encounter with the widow who trusted in the Lord and gave up the very last bit of flour and oil that she had between her and her son’s starvation.
The gospel of Mark today also gives an account of a poor widow who “from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.” Veterans’ Day is the special day set aside to thank those who have served and those who continue to serve in our armed forces. Many things have changed over the years but the sentiment should remain the same. Many veterans have died and we celebrate them each year on Memorial Day in May.
Today there are over 20 million living veterans, women and men, in the United States representing less than 10% of the population. President Theodore Roosevelt, speaking of Civil War veterans in San Jose California on May 6, 1906, over a hundred and ten years ago, said this: “Veterans, by their lives, by the record of their deeds, teach us in more practical fashion than it can be taught by Any preaching, for they teach us by practice, that in the ultimate analysis the greatness of a nation is to be measured not by the output of its industrial products, not by its material prosperity, not by the products of the farm, factory, business house, but by the products of its citizenship, by the men and women that the nation produces.”
And so, this nation; our UNITED States of America, founded on the faith of our fathers, must continue to trust in the Lord and pray that peace may reign in our world, in our country, our state, our city, our neighborhood, and most of all……….in our hearts.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow. And thank a
October 17, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC