How does our view of superheroes affect our relationship with Christ? Do we want Jesus to swoop in and “save the day”? Or do we even ask Him for help when we need it? Or rather looking to our own self-reliance, or escaping from the problems at hand in some unhealthy way?
Jesus came to save us, but it takes more than just passive reception to receive the Salvation He offers.
Catechesis At Home – Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – Year C
Christ Our Superhero
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Christ Our Superhero
REFLECTION – King of the Universe
What a great title (and it doesn’t belong to He-Man)! We are celebrating Jesus Christ, King of the Universe! We are so overwhelmed with “superheroes” who rescue us in the nick of time – Superman, Batman, Black Panther, Ironman, and the list goes on for pages – that we get numb to the fact that we have a true Superhero the God-Man, Jesus Christ, who saves us from the worst fate of all. In this week’s Gospel, Jesus is hanging on the Cross being tortured to death and He refuses to rise to the jeers and taunts of the enemies. Because He has a bigger purpose to defeat the Enemy, Satan. He is our King and He is our Savior.
He tells the repentant thief that he will be with Himself in Paradise by the end of the day. That promise is for all of us, too. He has prepared a place for us in Heaven. King of the Universe includes the realm of Heaven and He is the one who Judges who gets to live there. St. Paul reminds us that Jesus is the
“firstborn from the dead….For in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell,
and through him to reconcile all things for him,
making peace by the blood of his cross
through him, whether those on earth or those in heaven.” (Colossians 1:18,20)
Jesus is not our “rescuer” but our Savior. This is a distinction that gets missed sometimes. He has the power and ability to save us from the punishment we deserve for sinning against God. He has the power and ability to save us for Himself and keep us from falling into the hands of Satan. But, we also are not passive receivers of this Salvation. It takes us asking for the Saving Grace. It takes us cooperating with His Grace to accomplish the act of Salvation. No, we cannot save ourselves, but we also cannot simply do what we please and expect to have the Eternal reward that is offered. Jesus did not “get down off the Cross” nor did he rescue the repentant thief from a similar fate. But He did take his soul to Heaven after he died. He did save him from eternal damnation, because the thief asked. He proclaimed Jesus Christ his King and Savior, and asked for His mercy. That is what it takes. Recognizing our sinfulness, repenting of our wrongdoing, asking for forgiveness and accepting the grace of Salvation.
DISCUSSION – Is Jesus My Superhero?
Discuss this week who we turn to when we need help and “rescuing” from a situation. Do we turn to Jesus in prayer and trust? Or do we turn to self-reliance, or escape through some vice? Think of the last time you were in a situation that you needed help. To whom did you turn for help? Was prayer part of that determination? How can we allow Jesus to be our Superhero when we need help?
ACTIVITY – King and Superhero
This week, create a picture of Jesus as your King and Superhero. What would He wear? How would He look? How does Christ act as your King and Superhero? You can do this activity either orally with descriptions, or you can draw or create a picture and talk about them as a family.
DIG DEEPER – Other Christ Our Superhero resources from Holy Owned and Operated:
Page: Prayer Basics
TWMWU: Patience Leads to Justice
TWMWU: God of the Living
TWMWU: A Thousand Generations
TWMWU: Are You Prepared?
TWMWU: Prepare The Way Of The Lord
TWMWU: God’s Will Be Done
TWMWU: The Feast of the Epiphany of The Lord
TWMWU: Jesus Saves: The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
TWMWU: The LORD Has Revealed to the Nations His Saving Power
TWMWU: Fourth Week of Advent – Promises Fulfilled!
Podcast: Jesus in the Desert – Episode 85
Podcast: All Saints’ Day – Episode 118
Podcast: All Souls’ Day – Episode 119
How is Christ Your Superhero?
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We are called to be perfect, as we discussed last week.
So, what does being on the road to perfection look like?
If Jesus was “finished” and his ministry was “completed,” as it means when He said, “It is done,” by saying, “It is perfected” just before He died on the Cross, He must have walked a road to perfection.
And so must we.
In this episode we discuss that concept, in terms of what we are doing and how we respond to the call for our life.
It’s a simple concept, and a difficult task, but we have the example of Our Lord which, from the proper perspective, is not an impossible example to follow and exemplify.