Many events happen in our lives. I pray for all of you that all have just happy, and joy filled days. But we both know that cannot happen every day. There are going to be challenges. No matter what age you are right now, and I am not trying to depress anyone, but I would think you can all remember back to the worst day of your life. Congratulations! Not for just remembering, but that you survived it and are reading this now. That is a great accomplishment. You did it.
Judas Maccabee’s and his brothers remember the worst day of their lives in today’s first reading. It was when the pagan king defiled the temple by offering sacrifice to the pagan gods. To get rid of that memory, Judas did a very wise thing. They remembered the month and day that the sacrilege happened so they decided to tear down the defiled altar, rebuild it, and now they were going to properly consecrate the new altar to God on that month and day. I thought, wow, what a great idea.
What if we all did the same thing. I mean you do not have to build an altar, but would not it be a great idea to consecrate the month and day of your worst day to God? You can determine how you might want to consecrate the day. Maybe honor the day by going to Mass? Perhaps offer a Rosary. Maybe offer a mass for whoever was involved. What a great way to change a bad memory into something wonderful and good.
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen