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Our Interconnectedness as Seen in a Commercial

January 12, 2018 0 Comments
Our Interconnectedness as Seen in a Commercial

The commercial below reminds us that the products we use don’t just come out of nowhere. Good goes around and around. The Cheerios in the cereal box started out as seeds in the ground, but the commercial stops well short of showing everyone we should thank for the final product. • Before sowing the seed, […]

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No One Goes Away from Jesus Unchanged

January 5, 2018 2 Comments
No One Goes Away from Jesus Unchanged

The video below is a 2008 Coca-Cola commercial that takes up the theme of the star of Christmas. Let us review the impact that the star of Christmas had on the wise men, the Magi. The star moved them to seek meaning outside themselves; it made them look out and up. The star called them […]

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Who Is My Neighbor? Answered by a Touching Christmas Commercial

December 29, 2017 1 Comment
Who Is My Neighbor? Answered by a Touching Christmas Commercial

In these days of nearly instant information availability, we think we know a lot about people, things, and issues. Truth be told, we may know more in a quantitative sense but less in a qualitative sense. Too much information can make us less discerning. The Christmas commercial below is touching and enlightening at the same […]

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The Truer Gift at Christmas – As Seen in a Commercial

December 22, 2017 0 Comments
The Truer Gift at Christmas – As Seen in a Commercial

There is an old saying that the greatest things in life aren’t things. Our greatest gifts are those we love, beginning with God and extending to one another. One of the great dangers at Christmastime (and with life in general) is that we maximize the minimum and minimize the maximum, or, as Jesus puts it, […]

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Let God Find You – As Seen in a Touching Christmas Commercial

December 8, 2017 2 Comments
Let God Find You – As Seen in a Touching Christmas Commercial

It may seem odd to say, “Let God find you.” After all, God knows just where we are. But there is something very respectful about a God who, as Jesus says in the Book of Revelation, stands at the door and knocks. Even back in the Garden of Eden, as sinful Adam and Eve hid, […]

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Let God Find You – As Seen in a Touching Christmas Commercial

December 1, 2017 1 Comment
Let God Find You – As Seen in a Touching Christmas Commercial

It may seem odd to say, “Let God find you.” After all, God knows just where we are. But there is something very respectful about a God who, as Jesus says in the Book of Revelation, stands at the door and knocks. Even back in the Garden of Eden, as sinful Adam and Eve hid, […]

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The Most Important Things in Life aren’t Things, as Seen in a Commercial

November 24, 2017 3 Comments
The Most Important Things in Life aren’t Things, as Seen in a Commercial

We’ve all met people who are anxious to keep things in pristine condition. Some of us grew up with parents and grandparents who put plastic slipcovers on sofas or even forbade entering the “living room” on anything but special occasions. I once met a priest who kept the church locked up except for Sundays because […]

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On the Passing of Things, as Seen in a Commercial

November 17, 2017 2 Comments
On the Passing of Things, as Seen in a Commercial

The commercial below must have taken weeks to film. Regardless of its intent (selling homeowner’s insurance), there is something of an admonition in both the video and the accompanying music: life and the things of life slip away. Not a bad theme in November, when the Church bids us to meditate on the last things. […]

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