Sunday, February 24, 2013


As I watch the Oscars, I'm amazed at the pomp of the ceremony.  Seth MacFarlane says that about a billion people are watching.  The movie industry had $10.8 billion in revenue in 2012.

We watch interviews of our favorite celebrities, to see how real they are.  Fans follow their moves through the year, and obviously, we flock to the movies

There is a reason that movies capture our attention so much.  Movies are a medium of storytelling.  We get lost in stories.  We find our way in stories.  We experience catharsis.  We go on dangerous adventures.  We hate the villains.  We cheer for the heroes.  And often we find ourselves. 

Jesus knew the power of story.  He captures our attention with his parables.  He draws us in with conflict and intrigue as he works miracles and challenges the religious authorities.  Jesus told stories and lived stories.

Movies are powerful because they tell stories.  And our own lives are stories, stories more powerful than we know.  May the stories we live eclipse the stories we see.