IRONDALE AL (CR News) — The daily reading for the 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time (August 29, 2021) is the story behind our little video.
We chose the Old Testament reading (Dt. 4:1-2,6-8).
IT IS WRITTEN …
You might ask how this little story connects to the passage in Deuteronomy. It’ a fair question. Let’s look at what’s going on.
Moses is the person who is speaking. He’s talking to the people of Israel. They’ve been wandering around the desert, and they’re getting impatient. It was time for Moses to deliver some serious news.
“If you ever want to get to the Promised Land,” he says (we’re paraphrasing), “you have to do what God told you to do.”
In other words, they have to obey God. You can’t keep doing your own thing your own way and expect to end up in the “land of milk and honey” (Ex 3:8, Nm 14:8, Dt 31:20).
Fast-forward to the New Testament. Replace Moses with Jesus. Jesus has been telling His disciples about the Kingdom of God (Mt 24:14). He’s also been telling them about some Beattitudes, two Great Commandments, and a series of powerful parables.
The connection is holiness! Nothing unholy will enter heaven (Rev 21:27). Holiness is to heaven as keeping God’s commands was to the Promised Land.
LIFE GOES ON …
We are huge fans of Catholic media. We believe that God has given the special gift of Catholic media to the Church in this age. Not only does Catholic media keep the people informed, but it can also help many lost and confused Catholics find their way back home.
In this little story, we chose Fr. Mitch Pacwa (a folk art caricature of him) and a media nun (Daughters of St. Paul) as our characters. Fr. Mitch is one of the best-known members of the clergy in media today. And the Daughters of St. Paul, in response to Blessed Fr. James Alberione, are answering the call to use media in the Church.
Catholic media delivers the message. If you’re not already watching Catholic media or listening to Catholic radio and podcasts, get started please. It will change your perspective on the world and reignite your love for Jesus and His Bride the Church.
That’s our story, and we’re sticking to it. It’s cool to be Catholic!