He was referring to both the Manchester bombing the anniversary of which has been marked this month and the Grenfell Tower disaster the anniversary of which will be marked in June.
But to Christians remembering a seemingly catastrophic event is what we do on a regular basis as we are told to do by Jesus himself.
At the Lords Table (communion) Christians meet around the elements of bread and wine and that in sharing together to be obedient to an instruction and remember what Jesus said and what he accomplished.
It is the remembering of events of which we can read in the bible, but also a matter of historical record written by non Christian observers.
It is remembering as Jesus told us too.
In his gospel account Mark tells us
22 While they were eating, (that was Jesus and his disciples) Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take it; this is my body.’
23 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it.
24 ‘This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,’ he said to them. 25 ‘Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.’
It is a remembering we have to take seriously The Apostle Paul wrote this to the church in Corinth
23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: the Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
27 So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. 29 For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves.
Remembering is a serious business remembering in an unworthy manner has serious consequences.
But remembering at the Lords table is not morbid or sad, it is in every sense a remembrance of a victory that Christ achieved for all who believe and trust in him.
Let us not devalue the act of remembering, in calling to mind someone or something with which we have strong connections or which has had a significant personal impact.
While Manchester and Grenfell Tower were tragic events, let us mark them by learning the lessons we can, and let those lessons impact our practice. Let us also remember one man who in his death changed the world forever, and offers hope to all who believe, and in remembering, celebrate his victory.