The Force Awakens!  In a galaxy far, far away, in a time long ago,  once again we await with eager anticipation to find out if the forces of good can deal with the new threat from the Galactic Empire.   It’s the hottest ticket in town and people are lining up to see  if the Jedi Knights will once again come to save the day. 

      The movie is fantasy, but what is reality is that once again this week, we celebrate THE force that awakens in our world.  We use different words to describe this force in our world:  “The light came into the world and the darkness did not overcome.  And the word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.”

      By coming into the world as one of us, God has made our lives holy.  And He has made our human journey a holy thing.  Here, in the midst of the ordinary and even mundane, God chooses to make his dwelling.  And in making our journey and our very lives a holy thing,  they  become the places where his life awakens to the world. 

      We allow the life force of God to awaken in each of us in small and even subtle ways: a kind word, a simple act of hospitality, making an effort to forgive, choosing to be with times that confusing and even painful.  In these small but powerful ways, God continues to be present in our world.  So, as we continue our journey, may the force be with us!



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