“...nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (Isaiah 2: 4). Anzac Day has come to be considered one of the most sacred days in the year for many Australians, honouring the sacrifice of those who gave their lives so that others could live in peace and freedom. We remember grieving families, cities in rubble, and fields turned to mud and ashes. We remember broken bodies, spirits, minds, and lives: the terrible cost of war. We remember children, women, and men killed or maimed in military operations. We remember all Australians who served, and who serve today. We continue to work wholeheartedly for justice and peace in our world so that war will be no more. “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.” (from the Fallen by Laurence Binyon) Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Office of Social Justice ................ At the Australian War Memorial in Canberra there is a beautiful dome in which lies the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier. The soldier represents all of the soldiers who perished in the Great War. The words ‘He is all of them and he is one of us’ are inscribed at the head of the tomb and above this is written ‘Known unto God’. Although the identity of this soldier is unknown to us, he is known to the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd was also once placed in an unmarked tomb. The fact that Christ’s tomb is now empty gives the world new hope. The Good Shepherd has risen, and this enables us to love each other in the continual laying down of our own lives. On this day we might remember the first words of the Risen Christ to his gathered disciples: ’Peace be with you’. We pray that Jesus may bring this peace to this world, and to our hearts. Pastoral Liturgy 512