While Father Gary is on sabbatical, each member of the Vestry has been asked to take a turn in writing the weekly Messenger newsletter. Gary was helpful, yet vague, in encouraging each of us to write about whatever is on our mind that week and the topic could literally be anything. This should be a liberating and exciting opportunity for each of us to speak about the one thing on which we are the world's foremost expert...ourselves. Since Gary will be across the ocean and the deal while on sabbatical is not to contact us, we are even excused from risks of disappointing him for falling short of his tradition of thoughtful spiritual commentary (or at least from him telling us about it). It is therefore interesting, or perhaps telling, that most of the Vestry members did not seem that enthusiastic and even a bit stressed by the idea. When a sign-up sheet was circulated, people filled in the open dates farthest out. Well, someone has to be first, and I picked late so there weren't many options left, so I take the dubious honor of leading the way. I may set the bar low for my Vestry companions on the spirituality front, but I am confident that I will make up for it in originality.
While a cradle Episcopalian, the dominant cultural influences from my youth (and arguably to this day) were the inspirations of the great 20th century theologian George Lucas. While on the surface a special effects laden space fantasy, the Star Wars saga follows classic archetypal stories told throughout history, including the Bible. There are timeless themes of the battle of the forces of light versus dark, the power of unlikely heroes, (a new) hope, faith, friendship and redemption. I therefore leave you with words of wisdom to ponder. Your homework assignment is to decipher which are quotes from Star Wars and which are quotes from the Bible.
· Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.
· This will be a day long remembered.
· I don't believe it. That is why you fail.
· Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.
· Anger, fear, aggression. The dark side are these.
· Who's the bigger fool. The fool or the fool who follows him.
· I have a bad feeling about this.
· I find your lack of faith disturbing.
· Don't use your eyes. They can deceive you. Trust your feelings.
· Don't give in to hate.
· Is the dark side stronger? No. Quicker, easier, more seductive.
· I am your father.
Of course, my Episcopal roots must be showing because I have always felt that the proper response to "May the Force be with you" should be "And also with you".
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