Viva Cristo Rey, as Seen in a Commercial

In the car commercial below every imaginable attack is waged on the driver by various nefarious figures, but the driver just keeps on driving. Similarly, we must just keep on preaching and teaching no matter what foolish or evil things assail us, no matter the obstacles. St. Paul reminds us,

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry (2 Timothy 4:1-5).

I’m not quite sure what to make of the woman at the end of the commercial. Let’s just call her Mother Church. Christ and His bride will win! The wicked will wage their war, but in the end, they will turn on one another. Evil cannot endure. Jesus and His bride win! Viva Cristo Rey!

2 Replies to “Viva Cristo Rey, as Seen in a Commercial”

    Thank you Msgr. This has personally been my battle cry ever since I bought the movie “For Greater Glory”
    I highly recommend watching it if you haven’t seen it yet. It was extremely inspiring for me.

  2. The commercial is a takeoff off the the 1968 Hanna-Barbera Saturday cartoon series Dastardly Dan and Muttley. This was a spinoff charcter of Dick Dastardly in the cartoon series Wacky Races around 1968 wich later became Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines. Dastardly was one of the drivers who competed in each each episode for first place in a long hazardous cross country road rally. His main impetus was to win at all cost especially by cheating. These cartoons were created as a result of the 1965 movie, The Magnificent Men and Their Flyung Machines and The Great Race. Dastardly’s character was taken from the British actor Terry-Thomas who played the villan Sir Percival Ware-Armitage. The woman at the end of the commercial who was applying pink lipstick at the beginning of the commercial was Penelope Pitstop who in the cartoon series with Dastardy later had a spinoff cartoon series, The Perils of Penelope Pitstop. Penelope was heiress to a vast fortune and is in perpetual peril from her fortune seeking guardian Sylvester Sneeky, who unknown to her, is really The Hooded Claw. But foiling this fiends evil plot’s are Penelope’s ever present protectors, The Ant Hill Mob. The dog in the winning car’s back seat who gets put put out of the car at the end is Dastardly’s sidekick, Muttley, who never talked but had a wheezing laugh. I didn’t really follow these cartoons but the characters in the commercial and the plot looked familiar so I Googled this bit of history. so now you know who the girl at the end of the commercial is and all the character’s in the commercial were from these cartoon shows. The driver in the Peugeot represents every child who watched those cartoons growing up and dreamed of actually competing in the road rallies with all the characters.

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