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Remembrance Day or Daily Remembrance.


Yesterday’s post related to Remembrance Day, the commemoration of the armistice that ended WWI. It was posted at 11.00am on the 11th day of the eleventh month (my local time), when it is traditional to observe a minute’s silence to remember those who “sacrificed” their lives in the 1914-18 conflict.

However, the cultural significance of that annual time of remembrance should be greatly overshadowed by the memory of a more significant sacrifice of life. A sacrifice not to be remembered once a year, but continually.

…the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.

bread

While that process of taking bread and wine has been turned into a kind of mystical act involving a token fragment of bread (or cracker) and a sip of grape juice during a church service, I think Jesus’s words at the last supper were possibly referring to something much more basic and frequent than an occasional formal ritual. The bread and wine speak of our daily sustenance – and therefore a daily remembrance of Jesus and His sacrifice, recalled every time we partake in the most basic, life sustaining act of eating and drinking.

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3 Responses to “Remembrance Day or Daily Remembrance.”


  1. 1 Marleen
    November 16, 2015 at 7:40 am

    There is sure nothing wrong, and possibly much helpful, with remembering Jesus whenever you eat or drink. I also remember, though, that it wasn’t Jesus’ time (this is stated in the gospels) until a specific time. On the night before Passover, Jesus had this last dinner with his disciples and told them to remember.

  2. 2 Marleen
    November 17, 2015 at 5:02 am

    So, I remember with matzo or getting *out* the leaven (usually on the Tuesday before, and after).

  3. 3 Marleen
    November 18, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Sorry to be unclear. I don’t mean the Tuesday before and then the Tuesday after. For the sake of people who might read here and not be familiar with that to which I was referring, what I am considering is the days of unleavened bread that accompany Passover. They go for about a week, including on the night Passover is eaten (while the leaven is removed before Passover so that the effort involved is already done when Passover itself is attended to). Passover isn’t always on Wednesday, nor the removal of leaven by Tuesday. But it is my habit to remember in the context of Tuesday and Wednesday as the beginning so as to not perpetuate the good Friday/maundy Thursday misconceptions (with regard to that year, the year in which Yeshua/Jesus died at the hands of injustice, betrayal, and violence). Alternatively, I would go with whatever day Passover falls — in each particular year as it comes up (as determined in Judaism) and bring out some matzah the evening before. But I find it to hold educational meaning in my surroundings (predominantly Christian) to find the day Passover lands (according to Judaism in each particular year) and remember to mark the Tuesday/day before (by evening). Now, of course, the names of the days of the week I’ve been using are sort of impertinent (again cultural). But people can look up what would be different about using the Hebrew concept of days (which I do, but I don’t want to explain it). It’s not very complicated, even if it might sound like it is.

    Note: The word “out” is used in nearly opposite ways in English. As can be seen above when I talk about getting out the leaven (which is the requirement by Passover, out of anywhere one lives or keeps their food), to get rid of it — that and then my reference to bringing out matzah (unleavened bread) or getting it on the table, to have it and eat it and serve it (like bring it out of the cabinet, pantry… or oven if it was just baked).


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