I thought a lot about heroes this week. On the Fourth, I thought of my grandmother’s ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War – and my other three grandparents who bravely arrived as immigrants in the early 1900s. I also went downtown with Sara and Sean for Anime Expo; I was delighted and intrigued by the attendees dressed as superheroes from anime, comics, and film. By Friday, as I sat in the theatre, awaiting Spider-Man: Homecoming, I was wondering how hard it is to be a superhero.
And it’s not that hard. Not if we are called to serve Christ.
The true superheroes are the men and women who dedicate themselves to saving the lives of others; they serve in the military and on police and fire forces, they practice medicine, they teach. But, regardless of our professions, we can save lives by sharing the Good News. We can beat back pain and doubt by demonstrating how to live a life dedicated to Christ. We can be fearless in standing up to hatred and oppression, and offering love and understanding in return. We can be mighty by battling ignorance and leading people to the peace and hope of God’s Word.
It isn’t always easy: Even a caped superhero is battered and bloodied in the fight. We may be mocked, scorned, or rejected. Nevertheless, this is a mantle we must take up, a legacy we must embrace, or the scourge of evil will spread unchecked. We are the legion dedicated to love and light, and we stand between the world and darkness.
And we will prevail, because we are armed with the greatest superpower of all – the love and grace of Almighty God. Let us not hesitate to rise to this challenge. Let us dedicate ourselves to being greater than ourselves by giving ourselves to God.
“Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God.”
1 Philippians 1:27-28