Saturday, August 18, 2012

Priest-Bender

For those who don't know, this is a creative image someone drew based on a show called Avatar: The Last Airbender. For those who don't know much about it, one person briefly mentioned that "The plotting, while being a simple tale of the hero’s journey, and of war between an evil empire and disparate nations, only appears simple from the widest perspective."


I'm sure I looked like this guy
in mid air! 
Why am I bringing this up? Well hold on! Let me get to it. So Yesterday, I was invited by the teacher to come over and join her and the cross country students in a game of ultimate frisbee.  Well before we started playing, we started talking about Avatar and the Legend of Korra. We continued talking about various bending powers....

uh...okay...first off, yes I do watch cartoons...I always have...I do watch normal adult stuff too, lol, but I have always enjoyed watching cartoons for some reason...then I found out that cartoons and fairytale type stuff can actually be a good thing! Check this link out! So back to my thought...where was I? Oh! Bending powers!

So in this cartoon, people can "bend" or control various elements: fire, water, earth, or air. If one could bend water, they would be called a water-bender; air, air-bender; fire, fire-bender; earth, earth-bender. So we discussed which bending ability we would like...lol...then we were all kind of acting out various "bending" abilities, which was pretty fun at the time. After said conversation,  we played frisbee.

Once we were done playing and parents started to show up to pick up their children, two students came up and yelled out, "Father!!! You are a priest-bender!" I started to laugh..."What? A priest-bender?! What do I bend?!" I asked. There was a lot of positive feedback lately about the Mass and the homily this last Wednesday that it even influenced their next comment, "You can bend lectures!!! And make them fun and interesting." They said this with excitement and with an intense look...lol I laughed....my priesthood just got that much more fun...

So for now on, call me Fr Chris...priest-bender...lol

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Mystical Body of Christ

The Mystical Body of Christ. What the heck is that?! Well, ya know it’s also known as the “Body of Christ”. It’s fascinating that the word “mystical” plays with our child-like mind, doesn’t it? And yet it sheds light on this reality. Something that is mystical makes us think of something fantastical and mysterious; something to be feared and yet revered with awe and wonder. So what makes the Body of Christ a mystical reality? In an all-true real way, when we are brought into the Body of Christ, when we are baptized, we all become connected to each other.  No, not connected in the sense of texting or skyping or any technological medium. From the very depths of our beings, as humans, we have the ability to relate, sympathize and empathize with, experience, and have an effect on others…and yet, as members in the Mystical Body of Christ, all Christians (e.g., that doctor you know, that nun in Asia, the widower-dad who has to raise his children, the migrant worker, the cafeteria lady, the homeless man, etc) are all united in such a way to actually have an effect on each other in a very real way. 

The very God-man, Jesus, unites us all into his Body into one living organism. And because of this, our prayers actually affect the lives of those who are within (and those outside) the Mystical Body of Christ. We are transformed by our incorporation into the Body of Christ by being given the ability to ask for graces and blessings to come into someone else’s life. Sound lame? Well what about these tv shows with witches who have the ability to change things according to their own decisions. Or fairies that have the power to change reality…we can stop and think”…wow…if only I can do that”. Uh, but I’m saying that in a sense, we CAN do that. It’s not fake like these shows. Now I doubt this means we can orb balls of fire or what not, but really, our prayer has the ability to reach into the depths of the very being of God and, if we are aligned with His will, cooperate in bringing about his very grace and spiritual helps into someone’s life so as to heal, strengthen, and give them hope when nothing else was able to do the trick.

Jesus Christ unites us into a living organism: his Mystical Body. We, mere humans, are united within and make up the body that the Son of God (who is still God, btw) took on. And we can be so united to God’s will and his very being that when we pray on behalf of others, we can actually have a real effect in their lives. We can help in directing the graces of God into somebody else’s very being. How more mystical can that sound? Sure we talk about Peter Pan and fairies and magic; all that sounds mystical…but a true mystical reality is the Body of Christ. United within HIS body, we follow his one will and receive his pulsating life. And united in a mystical way, we can actually have an effect on someone with our prayers…prayer is not so mundane now is it? Nor is our incorporation into the Mystical Body of Christ :p