The Sunday received its title - Reminiscere - from verse 5 of the Twenty-fifth Psalm, "Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love, for they are from everlasting." This is meant to be a kind of "remembrance Sunday" - as all Sundays are, recalling the death and resurrection of our Lord as "little Easters" - but with a difference. The church is being asked to remember the identity of Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and that the passion and death of the Lord are fairly close at hand.
“And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.” (v. 52b)
Good morning whoever is out there.
I hope you boys and girls are here this morning. Since I can't see you, let me know if you are actually present. (have the children touch and/or speak and/or sing) (Humor works, like have the children repeat something silly like, “Good morning fantastic, awesome, most highest lord pastor/teacher”)
I remember going to a Lent group years ago, where the priest gave all us lay folk a piece of paper and a pen and asked us to write down what we knew about Jesus. He didn't want us to write down what we'd been told about Jesus or read about Jesus, but simply what we knew for ourselves from our own experience.
I ended up with a blank sheet of paper, but one person wrote, "I know that Jesus saves me." That led onto an interesting discussion along the lines of: saves you from something? Or for something?