December 20, 2015

December 20, 2015


There are a lot of things about Star Wars that make it special:  the John Williams score, the epic battle of Good vs. Evil, the openness to the supernatural in “The Force” [of course God is a Trinity of Persons], all of the characters.  I also think it connects with people because some of it is about ordinary people finding themselves part of extraordinary mission


In the 1st Reading from Micah, we hear, “Thus says the LORD: You, Bethlehem-Ephrathah, too small to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel”
...and not only that:  “his greatness shall reach to the ends of the earth.”  Little Bethlehem had big role in God’s saving plan/mission for Israel and for the world.  We, too, can’t think that we’re too small or insignificant.


In the Gospel, Mary set out in haste – she was on a mission.  Mary’s encounter with God caused her to go out; she was a missionary disciple.  As Pope Francis reminds us, the Church is permanently on mission.  As part of the Church, we can’t think we’re too small or insignificant to be part of this mission.  The encounter with Christ—particularly in the Eucharist—sends us out.  This speaks to us of evangelization, which I’ve recently heard described as one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread.


And just as God readied/prepared Elizabeth--and John the Baptist in her womb--to receive the presence of Christ within the Virgin Mary, let us not doubt that God prepares/readies others to experience the presence of Christ within us when we go out to them.


We, too, are ordinary people caught up in an extraordinary mission.
It doesn’t happen in a galaxy far, far away.
It happens once we walk out these doors.