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Thursday, May 19, 2005

Jedi Relativism Revisited

I had the pleasure of seeing a midnight showing of Star Wars. I think the accusation of political motive in Vader's remarks "If you're not with me, then you're my enemy" is a bit overwrought, although I've not researched the matter (has Lucas gone on record with this?).

More to the point, though, is that yesterday's Gospel, May 18, technically the day before the official opening of the last of these iconic films, is the one with the eerie similarity: "For whoever is not against us is for us." Mk 9:40. I'll never believe that Lucas planned that coincidence.

This is right up there with the similarity of the readings on March 2, 2005, the day that the Supreme Court heard oral argument on the Ten Commandments cases ("'Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the kingdom of heaven.'" Mt. 5:17-19. Better yet, same day, ". . . what great nation has statutes and decrees that are as just as this whole law which I am setting before you today? 'However, take care and be earnestly on your guard not to forget the things which your own eyes have seen, nor let them slip from your memory as long as you live, but teach them to your children and to your children's children.'" Dt. 4:8-9.)

How about on "Black Monday," October 19, 1987, the day the stock market crashed ("'Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one's life does not consist of possessions.'" Lk. 12:13-21.)

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There must be more of these . . . who says that God does not speak to us?

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