Many thanks to the Rev. Canon Ian Harper, who led our Remembrance Sunday service here at St. George's. Rev. Ian told us about the founding of the "Toc H" movement at the height of the First World War. Two Anglican priests set up a rest house and chapel near the frontline which helped soldiers reach out across races, faiths and classes. After more than one hundred years, the movement continues today to build bridges across these boundaries.
This example from the First World War reminds us that our remembering of those who died in war is more than a passive act. It should be an active commemoration which changes our lives here in 2017. In the same way, peace is not just the absence of war, but something which must be actively built, as Jesus commanded us to do.