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Fr. Barron comments on "The Amazing Spider-Man"
Thank you Fr. Barron! Another Awesome topic which humanity are struggling with. The power of those in higher position over those in lower and vulnerable position. The sad reality is power in most cases makes people full of themselves; thus end up abusing that power and hurting others.
I pray that people in power positions will use that power responsibly, with love, and with bearing the Golden rule in mind. Just like Jesus did in the Bible!
Without this notion in mind, humanity will always suffer. People will have trouble everywhere: work, relationships, community.
7/12/2012 9:56:01 AM
I'm a bit surprised you didn't bring up the theme of penance, which has always been central to Spider-Man. Superman is following his mission. Batman is out for revenge. But the central core of Spider-Man has always been that he did something very wrong, and now is dedicating his life to not making the same mistake.
"With great power comes great responsibility" is just Stan Lee saying, "To whom much is given, much shall be required."
7/12/2012 6:26:44 PM
I find it interesting that when talking with people about the "relevance" of the mass in their life they do not see the connections of the stories in Liturgy of the Word to movies like this.
7/18/2012 7:40:39 AM
A better comparison to Jesus is actually Superman. Like Jesus, Superman comes from 'elsewhere' to aid humans. Jesus is human but also divine. Superman poses as Clark Kent but is not actually Clark Kent. Spiderman, however, is in reality Peter Parker. Jesus is not merely a human with extrodinaty powers as Peter Parker is. He is from outside our world, divine and human but in no way limited by this humanity. I would also suggest that, like Superman, Christ comes for a greater mission than stopping a particular foe--usually also with extrodinary powers. The one foe may be satan but in reality the whole need of human nature is in play- not just the havoc that temptations cause. While the tales of many superheroes have moral/religious themes I see the character of Superman as a better comparison with Jesus.
7/18/2012 12:24:52 PM
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