“I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.” Psalms 77:11
The contradiction of life is that we can remember events, dates, time, happening and places of the past which occurred even twenty years ago with precise accuracy, yet we find ourselves grappling to remember recent events. In some occasions, we even end up repeating ourselves.
All of us are inflicted with some type phobia or another. Some are afraid of heights, others are afraid of fire, plagues e.t.c. There was a time when I used to have this phobia that one fine day I would wake up and not be able to remember anything at all. Of course, today, with the grace of the Holy Spirit this fear no longer besieges me.
Today, we can invent many new forms of Amnesia. The first is Temporary amnesia. This is a favorite with students who forget their homework at the start of the weekend, enjoy themselves thoroughly and remember their studies just on time, mostly the night before they have to get back to school when the week begins again.
Another type of amnesia is Convenient amnesia. This afflicts a great number of the population whose mind remembers only what they would like to remember, preferably pleasant events and blocks out all other thoughts which they may find painful or difficult to bear.
The best type of amnesia is the one as proclaimed by the Lord himself when He said that He remembers our sins no more when we seek Him in the sacrament of Confession. As stated in Hebrews 10:17; “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.”
Last week, I watched a very sentimental movie. This type of genre is my favorite as I cannot bring myself to watch movies with any sort of violence.
This movie was the story of a couple where the lady loses her memory in an unfortunate accident. She cannot remember her partner at all and only recalls her parents and her childhood life. In despair, her partner tries his best to get her memory back by citing all those events and taking her to places where they spent time together but to no avail. In the end, the lady pleads with him to send her back to her parents home. But, the movie takes a surprising and beautiful turn when he declares to her that it does not matter if she does not remember anything. They would start a new life from that moment and this day onwards would be their both their Today and Yesterday, together they would make a fresh Tomorrow with all new moments and memories that they were going to live in the days to come because without her, any yesterday or tomorrow would be meaningless for him.
Something akin to this is another tale I had read a long time ago where a man dutifully visits his partner daily who is in a Sanatorium where she is suffering from Alzheimer’s’ disease. When questioned by the nurse on his faithful timing day in and day out to see someone who does not even remember him at all, he gently answers that even though his partner cannot remember him, he still knows who she is.
This story definitely rings a bell. Because today the world seems to have forgotten the Lord in the rat race and yet He remembers us at every moment. We read in Isaiah 49: 16; “A picture of you is drawn on my hand. You are always in my thoughts!”. Psalms 115:12 says; “The LORD remembers us and will bless us:”
Today we eat the Bread and drink the Cup handed down to us from the First Passover, in remembrance of the Lord. We can never forget His passion that happened centuries ago. He chose us and gave us a name before we were born. Today, we can truly pay homage to Him in reciprocation of His remembrance with the words in Psalms 22:27; “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.”
I would like to sum up with these words :
My mind may forget at times
But my heart will forget not
What is stored in its scrolls
This memory can never black out.
Remember this! With you by my side
To refresh my memory if it fails
I can still be well
Even when I am not alright.