Evangelizing with Avengers

The movie “Avengers: End Game” just shattered box office records for opening weekend earning around $1.2 billion which proves I am not the only Marvel movie fan in the world.

I have loved these movies not simply for their entertainment value but also for the deeper spiritual meaning that lie at the heart of superhero movies. I believe this is one of the reasons why these movies are so popular…even if most people it is on a subconscious level. (And just for your information, my kids hate it when I talk about this stuff to ruin all the movies.)

These movies can serve as modern parables…stories that can use the familiar to teach the unfamiliar about a moral or spiritual truth. This is what Jesus did, whether it was farming, traveling or the weather, He took things that everyone was familiar with to use as a tool of communicating truth.

Here are just a few examples:

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Be a Rolling Stone

I don’t care about your musical tastes, nor am I concerned about your level of ‘satisfaction,’ but I do want you to be a ROLLING STONE.

What is the very first sign, the first evidence that Jesus was risen from the dead? All four Gospels are consistent with this subtle point…it was that the stone had been rolled back.

Mt 28:2 – “An angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.”

Mk 16:4 – “They saw that the stone was rolled back.”

Lk 24:2 – “Found the stone rolled away from the tomb.”

Jn 20:1 – “Saw the stone had been taken away from the tomb.”

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All of us know someone who has left the Catholic Faith that they were raised in. Most of us know a loved one, child, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sibling or maybe a spouse who are no longer practicing the Faith. Or maybe they have never meet Christ or even believe in God.

When we think of them outside the life of Grace and the eternal consequences that can bring it causes great fear within. Our stomach turns upside down, our heart aches, perhaps tears come to our eyes. 

I have heard some people give the counsel, “don’t worry about that…God is merciful and He will work it all out.”

I will never give that advice!

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They are Watching

In the Gospel of Luke Jesus teaches the Our Father to the disciples in response to a very beautiful question, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Lk 11:1). But I want to call attention to the beginning of this verse.

“He (Jesus) was praying in a certain place, and when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord teach us to pray” (Lk 11:1).

Did you catch that?

What was it that spurred the disciples to ask this question???

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I’ve been trying to share my Faith, but what do you do when you feel like all your efforts are coming up empty?

Have you ever asked yourself this question: "I’ve been trying to share my Faith, but what do you do when you feel like all your efforts are coming up empty?" 

I think everyone experiences this at some point: you feel you are trying your best, but nobody seems to be changing. You have been joyous and kind; you have been patient and firm; you have been praying for people and always keeping an eye open for the opportunity to share the Faith, yet no one has signed up for RCIA or seems to be running for the Confessional.

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