Lost Sayings of the Jedi Christian 1

How does one become a Jedi Christian? By wanting to.

Thomas Merton was walking on Sixth Avenue with Bob Lax one spring evening when Lax asked him, “What do you want to be anyway?” “I don’t know; I guess what I want to be is to be a good Catholic.” Lax replied, “What do you mean you want to be a good Catholic? What you should say is that you want to be a saint.” Taken back Merton responded, “How do you expect me to become a saint…I can’t be a saint. I can’t be a saint.”

Then Lax said, “all that is necessary to be a saint is to want to be one. Don’t you believe that God will make you what he created you to be if you consent to let Him do it? All you have to do is desire it.”

(The Seven Story Mountain, NY, Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1948, 1978 (New American Library, 1961), pp.237-38

Few Words.

Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club, captures the danger of words in Lullaby: “Sticks and stones will break your bones, but now words can kill too. The new death, this plague can come from anywhere, a song, an overheard announcement, a news bulletin, a sermon, a street musician; you can catch death from a telemarketer, a teacher, an internet file, a birthday card, a fortune cookie, a million people might watch a television show then be dead the next morning because of an advertising jingle.”

Your generation is weary of word bombardment and yet some of your teachers practice it. Jesus was one of few, but well chosen words.

Loaves and Fishes

Father McCloskey of Opus Dei said, “If you want to change the world, what you usually do is go for the best people.” George Barna envisions a farm system of the best and brightest.

God has nothing against the ‘best and brightest.’ God called Paul, an intellectual giant of his day, and C.S. Lewis, a bright bulb in ours. But God is more concerned about loyalty of heart and the full offering of gifts for His use, than He is in their valuation by humans.

The best and brightest are tempted towards hubris. With JFK they brought America the Viet Nam War. When God sought a King for Israel he chose the Shepherd boy David over his warrior-brothers; when Jesus wanted to feed the five thousand he asked for what was available and fed 5000 from the five loaves and two fishes brought to Him.

Life fully lived.

In Tuck Everlasting you are reminded to not fear death, but rather to fear the ‘un-lived life.’ You don’t have to fear death; you just have to live life fully. The Jedi Christian is confident of life everlasting and so lives each day of this life aware of its teeming possibilities. Abraham Maslow called it the ‘actualized life,’ Jesus called it the ‘abundant life.’ Whatever you choose to call it—just live it—each second, each minute, each hour all day.

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