What really matters in life? Sunday’s readings urge us to re-focus our lives on building up the only kind of riches that really matter.
Caution: Contains spoilers.
Star Trek is one of my favorite franchises; from TV shows to movies, the various evolutions of the story are entertaining, meaningful and thought-provoking. Star Trek: Beyond is receiving all kinds of critical acclaim for having all of these qualities, and for the most part, it deserves them.
The Good News is certainly good, but it isn’t easy. Our mission—and our faith is fruitless without mission—brings us joy and also brings challenge. We are given comfort along the way, particularly when things seem their bleakest.
Call me Treebeard. Hrum, Hoom…
If I lived in Middle-earth, I’d be an Ent. Like Treebeard, my motto is “Do not be hasty.” But, also like Treebeard, I might take you for a small orc and step on you if I don’t first hear your voice. I’m also cautious—if I’m going to develop a relationship, I won’t rush into it, and I prefer to ask the questions rather than reveal a whole lot about myself before I know who I’m dealing with. And to make matters worse, I’m a Christian—and not just any kind of Christian, but the slowest of all Christians—I’m Catholic. And nothing is slower than the Catholic Church at making decisions.