ROOTED - Saturday, June 8, 2024

Romans 12:1 
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

 

Reflection
Luke Skywalker is an archetype of the classic hero. In mythology and classic literature, the hero was a deeply imperfect figure. The hero would make mistakes, learn how to deal with them, and make sacrifices to become all that he should be for the sake of others. He was not born perfect, but he deals with the trials of growing up. Luke’s challenges, in Star Wars, are his place (he lives on a deserted planet), seemingly abandoned by his parents, with no prospects for the future. He then discovers that the worst person in the universe (Darth Vader) is his father… and so he is not inherently good. In order to help his father he becomes a Jedi and suffers during his many trials. He is willing to sacrifice his life to save his dad! And, his father eventually turns good… killing the evil Emperor Palpatine. If you have never watched Star Wars, I’m afraid I can’t help you!!!!! 

One of the criticism people have of the newest trilogy (Episodes 7-9) is that the new hero (Rey) is basically perfect. She never suffers any real adversity but seemingly was born as a perfect Jedi. She seems totally virtuous and perfect. I, consequently, agree with this criticism. There is no tension or growth in her character. She is boring and predictable… and therefore no one can relate to her. She makes no sacrifices. You and I are certainly more like Luke than Rey. What we do well, we do well because of significant energy and many failures. So is life! Things are not ever easy. We fail often. And we get back up. This is what the archetypal hero does. And this is what we are to do as Christians. We recognize that we were born in sin. We have no hope. We are catastrophically lost. We sacrifice ourselves! But we live for something greater than ourselves. In the Christian’s case, that ultimate greater good is the glory of God and good of others.

 

Prayer
Lord, we sacrifice ourselves to serve you and others, and we look to you as our perfect sacrifice and author of our faith!