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Faith in Times of Trial: Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Faith in Times of Trial: Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Posted by Sr. Hosea on August 28, 2013 08:28 Article Rating

Today, August 28, 2013 is the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech, something I was unaware of until the priest giving the Sunday homily this past weekend mentioned it. And what a homily it was! In the Gospel, Jesus answered a question about who would be saved. He told us to enter through the narrow gate. There would be people outside wanting to come in but not able to because Jesus “did not know where [they] come from.” Father Pratt told us that we have to know where we come from in order to go forward. We come from God and with God on our side, we can be a force for good in our world today. This was also part of the message that M.L. King gave in his famous speech.

            I was thinking about the homily as I was watching Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, based on the book by Rick Riordan. The second movie in the series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Sea of Monsters, is in theaters right now. In the first movie, teenager Percy (Logan Lerman) comes face to face with his “loser” status in school, heightened by the bullying he endures because of his dyslexia.  When his teacher, Mrs. Dodds, turns into a nasty monster and tries to kill him, Percy discovers he is a demi-god, the son of Poseidon, Greek god of the sea. Supposedly, Percy has stolen Zeus’s lightning bolt and the god of thunder wants it back. The two hours I spent watching Percy’s adventure to find the bolt and return it to Mount Olympus were great fun. Look out for Uma Thurman’s Medusa, though. She definitely creeped me out.

            The Year of Faith theme for August is “faith in times of trial.” Percy’s journey in the film was one of learning his true identity, where he “came from.” He felt the hurt of being unpopular at school, confused that his brain was “hardwired for Ancient Greek” instead of English, and anger at a father he didn’t know. By successfully completing his quest, Percy demonstrated “grace under pressure.” He also met his father, Poseidon, and now knows where he came from and so he can move forward in his life.

            Through faith, we know where we come from, the heart of a loving God. I’m pretty sure I won’t be going on any adventures like Percy’s anytime soon (although I might still get to the theater to see Sea of Monsters) but I do know that living a life of faith in God is an adventure in and of itself, one we walk together as travelers on the narrow road.
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