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"Ahhh…Hard to see the Dark Side is."
Recognize this quote? Considering the convergence of fans filling movie theaters for the last few weeks, odds are you know exactly who voiced it.
(Incidentally and a bit off topic….what do you think about the quote as a great thesis starter? It grabs the attention, possesses potentially great depth and would undoubtedly cause a stir. Just putting it out there….)
As you probably know, there are plenty of books and articles focusing on references between Star Wars and the Christian faith, but I won't go into much of that now. I am also greatly aware that there has been MUCH discussion on whether or not Christians in general should support it. (I did read a pretty good article discussing this from a Catholic point of view by Taylor Marshall, PHD. Here it is if you're interested! http://taylormarshall.com)
I will admit that after reading many articles, I am still on the fence about the whole thing.
However, I can say that there are some great correlations that can be made nonetheless!
So, the true Dark Side can be VERY hard to see, as we all know. The devil is an absolute master at knowing our greatest weaknesses, both on a general human level and on a very personal one. And although he uses a "light saber" in many parts of the world, physical prowess is not even close to being his greatest strength. Sadly, he knows well how to lure us in.
Now, I have to admit, I grew up as a fan of Star Wars. BUT, I am not a fan of glorifying evil. However, if there is one thing that Star Wars does well, it is that it draws a distinct line between good and evil, something that is incredibly lacking in our modern culture today. In today's world, that line has become so blurred that the devil is having a hayday weaving his web in and out, clouding the edges in such as way that clarity becomes almost impossible.
Looking at it from this perspective, distinguishing right from wrong becomes a staggering conundrum. It is sort of like being expected to decipher the intelligence and weapons system of the Death Star using a ship made out of Legos and a radar and tracking system made out of TinkerToys.
However, thanks to our incredible, merciful God, we have His Word, the sacraments and traditions of the Church, and the treasure of the Truth to penetrate the fog. Using all of the tools that our great God has given us, we can "Let go and Let God." It is in trusting His ways that we find that the blurred lines begin to tighten and our focus becomes clearer.
Below is an excerpt written by Seminarian Bobby McWilliams that was published recently in our parish bulletin. He has kindly given me permission to reprint some of it, as it gives another perspective of Star Wars in the light of our Blessed Mother. HOWEVER, if you have been planning on seeing the new movie and want to avoid spoilers, wait to read this until AFTER you've seen it!
"I would like to share a few reflections about Mary's Motherhood and how that calls us to live out our daily call to glorify the Lord by our lives. In the new Star Wars movie there is a great scene which shows th beauty of motherhood. You must forgive me if I get minor details wrong as I am not a true fan of Star Wars; I simply got caught up in the hype.
Apparently, Han Solo and Princess Leia had a child that was strong with the force, but he got seduced by the dark side and is now known as Kylo Ren, the new villain trying to take out the good guys. In a short scene, Princess Leia gently, but firmly, pleads with Han Solo to bring their son home. Even though their son has turned to the dark side she says, "He still has the light in him."
Indeed, we find out later on in a moment when Kylo almost turns back to the light side, that he did indeed still have some sense of light in him.
The Mother of God was given to us from the cross by her Son, Jesus, and to this day, no matter how far we stray from the path, she intercedes on our behalf saying: "S/He still has the light in him/her." She gently but firmly pleads with her Son to bring us home and if we let her she will gently but firmly guide us back to the divine light from where we all came and will return!
Every one of us probably has a story about our own mother which is similar to that of Princess Leia's. A time when we were shown mercy when we didn't deserve it. Our mothers…the princess: these examples get to the heart of this Year of Mercy.
We are far from deserving of anything that God gives; but our Blessed Mother knows otherwise. She sees the divine spark in us and just as The Divine Mercy came forth form her womb 2000 years ago, He still comes forth from her today. She wants nothing more than to take us in her arms and lead us to Mercy Himself.
Friends, we must do the same. As we are making declarations this year, let one of them be that we too are Theotokos, God Bearers, to a world that is desperately in need of mercy. Let us seek to see the light, the divine spark, in everyone we meet, recognizing that they too are loved by so great a Mother and deserving of the Divine Mercy.
May God's blessings be upon you all in this New Year!"
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