The readings for this Sunday, Nov. 26, tell us that on the day we celebrate most particularly the Kingship of Jesus, we focus on him as being a shepherd—one of the dirtiest, least desirable jobs of the ancient world. This is our King—our God—the one who loves us so much that he uses his authority to become the lowest of the low in order to save us. And our salvation, we’re told, is dependent on our willingness to do the same.
The DC movies have been considered by most to be falling short of their competitor, Marvel, but Justice League, more than any of their most recent movies, in my opinion, holds up. It’s not a movie for all kids, but I highly recommend it for families with pre-teens and teens.
The readings for this Sunday, Nov. 19, are a reminder of God’s protective, fulfilling love. Recalling the image from the Jewish Scriptures of our relationship with God being like a marriage, our readings invite us further up and farther in to our experience of God’s care. They also help us to understand how we can respond to that love in our every day lives, taking the resources that God has given us, and using them for the benefit of others. We’re reminded to be courageous and trusting that God will help us accomplish whatever God calls us to.
The readings for this Sunday, Nov. 12, are all about God’s Wisdom and how it relates to our lives. God’s Wisdom makes lives better, and prepares us to meet Jesus. Wisdom seeks us out, wants to draw us in. It helps us to see things as they are, and to act in ways that are right and good. It helps us to see the truth about our situations, and to not get caught up in fear or anxiety. How does being prepared help to reduce anxiety in our lives? How does it make us more fit for meeting Jesus in the Incarnation and in the Second Coming?
Catholics don’t shy away from the darkness or pretend it doesn’t exist; we peer into it and find God. We live in it, sometimes, and God finds us.
The readings for this Sunday, Oct. 22, show us that, even when we can’t see it, God is working in every area of our lives. God used a pagan, conquering king, Cyrus, to free his people from exile and let them go home to Israel. Paul continues to give thanks for his friends, as well as to encourage them to live the call that they’ve received to represent the Gospel in every aspect of their lives. Jesus, when the Pharisees tried to trick him into saying something that could get him in trouble, made a bold statement about how we should live in relationship to our government—whatever that might be.
The Tick doesn’t do a lot of thinking. He’s not a smart guy; but he knows evil when he sees it, and he’ll spring into action because he knows that fighting evil is his destiny. The Tick’s origin is something of a mystery; he has no idea where he came from and knows very little about himself. The only thing he’s certain of is his destiny, and it drives everything that he does. The rest of the rational world spends their time asking the question “Who am I?” as they search for meaning. Not The Tick. He’s defined entirely by his drive to conquer evil, and as far as he’s concerned, this destiny has no connection to his past, and requires no other pertinent details—only that he should embrace what he was made for and live it out every day.
In the readings for this Sunday, Oct. 1, things escalate quickly in the God-isn’t-fair theme. Last week, we had to be happy for people who get stuff that we don’t, and this week we are told flat out that it’s not God who isn’t fair, but us.