Posts Tagged ‘commercials’

Do Not Forget the Works of the Lord – A Meditation on Fear, as Seen in a Short Cartoon

There was a moment in Peter’s life when he faced a choice to focus on either the storm or the Lord. It is in the memorable Gospel story in which Peter was walking on the water toward Jesus. As the Gospel recounts, But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink (Mt […] Read the rest of this entry »

Thirst as an image for prayer, as seen on TV

Scripture often uses thirst as an image for prayer and desire for God. And thus we read passages such as these: Oh, God you are my God, for you I long; for you my soul is thirsting … My body pines for you like a dry weary land without water … (Psalm 63:1-2). Like the deer […] Read the rest of this entry »

On the Joy of Giving, as Seen in a Beautiful Commercial

In our care for the poor, there are many rewards that we know must wait. Sometimes we are not exactly sure what the help we supplied even did at all! Scripture does speak of some blessings that will wait until heaven. And thus Jesus counsels us to store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where […] Read the rest of this entry »

Why is the surprise end to this video so shocking? It ought to disturb you; but why?

This is one of those videos that I think you should watch before I say much about it. There is something shocking about the end of it, something awful. And yet the request by the young man in the video is a common one today, though it often comes in more subtle forms wherein people […] Read the rest of this entry »

A Guardian Angel Like You’ve Never Seen! As seen on T.V.

Most of us have very sentimental notions about angels in general, and especially our Guardian Angels. And yet the Bible depicts then as powerful, fierce, and almost warlike. They are holy and good, but their glory overwhelms. In Scripture, almost any time someone encounters an angel, the person becomes filled with fear and very disconcerted. […] Read the rest of this entry »

Of Our Guardian Angel and the Hidden Mercies of God, as seen in a Commercial

Most of us struggle with the fact that God allows bad things to happen to us. Why does he not intervene more often to protect us from attacks of various sorts, and from events that cause sadness, setbacks, or suffering? While mysterious, the clearest answer is that God allows suffering in order that some greater […] Read the rest of this entry »

Judge carefully, slowly and humbly; As seen in a short Cartoon

The video below contains a surprise and thus reminds us that not all things are as they appear. We must be careful how we size things up, and do so, when required, with great humility. There is an old saying, If your words are soft and sweet, they won’t be as hard to swallow if […] Read the rest of this entry »

“In Sickness and in health,” as seen in a powerful cartoon.

The video below has a scary side to it. Although it is a cartoon, I do not recommended for the youngest children, simply because it is scary. But its message is an important one on several different levels First, its title “In sickness…” is a reminder of one of the aspects of the marital vow, […] Read the rest of this entry »

From Battery Life To Real Life. An Allegory about Dying and Rising in a touching Cartoon

One of the greatest paradoxes told to us in the Scriptures is that if we would save our life, we must lose it in Christ (Luke 9:24). That is we must die to this world to inherit eternal life. “Eternal” does not simply refer to the length of the afterlife, but to the fullness of […] Read the rest of this entry »

An Image of Grace and the Church in a Paul Simon Song

I’ve got my Gospel Glasses on, and my Holy Hearing Aids, and I’m seeing and hearing God in strange places. There are several Paul Simon songs that register holy thoughts to me, even if he didn’t mean them that way. One them is this one (followed by commentary from me) : When I was a […] Read the rest of this entry »

Finding that forgotten one at Christmas; that someone who needs love.

Christmas is a beautiful time of the year for most of us, most of the time. But it is also true that Christmas can be a very painful time of year for some, especially those who have experienced recent loss or who, for various reasons, have fewer family options at Christmas. Yes, Christmas can be […] Read the rest of this entry »

The Greater Gift – As seen in a touching Christmas 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 Christmas time (and with life in general) is that we maximize the minimum and minimize the maximum, of, as Jesus puts […] Read the rest of this entry »