It’s Memorial Day weekend, a day on which those who died in active military service are remembered. When my friend Michele invited me and my family out to help plants flags on veterans graves at the Visalia Cemetery, I was honored and excited to be a part of this solemn act to honor those who have given all in service to their country.
What we remember—and honor—on Memorial Day is heroic sacrifice. We acknowledge those who nobly gave of themselves, even unto death, for a purpose they believed was greater than themselves.
True sacrifice is always at the service of life. We learn this from Jesus, who made the ultimate sacrifice and remained faithful through his Passion, death, and Resurrection. Jesus’ greater purpose for this sacrifice was our well-being—that we might have life and have it abundantly.
This Memorial Day, as we remember all who have served and sacrificed on our behalf, let us not forget what Jesus was willing to give up for us—and the lessons we can learn from that perfect example of sacrifice.