4 May 2007. Friday of the 4th Week of Easter
Acts 13, 26-33 History for Paul
The first reading is a part of a full-length report of a sermon by
A modern view of history is seen in the 2006 British film, History Boys where young students from Cutlers’ Grammar School have the chance to be accepted in
Mrs. Lintott: And you, Rudge? How do you define history?
Rudge: Can I speak freely without being hit?
Mrs. Lintott: You have my protection.
Rudge: How do I define history? Well, it’s jut one f***ing thing after another, isn’t it?
For the modern cynic, history is a record of people’s sins, failures, misjudgments, and stupidity. News for example is more often bad news.
Christianity however, believes that history is going somewhere. It has purpose and a goal. It moves towards union with God, which is heaven. History then does not repeat itself. History is not a record of wrongs. History is positively moving towards something.
When we look at our own personal history, do we think that our life is a repetition of things in the past? For example, do we think that our life is just a repetition of our sins (as we discover that our sins in the past is still the same sins as today) or a routine (as we do the same things all over and over again)? Do we say, my life is not going somewhere and feel discouraged and resigned to things? Do we think that our personal history --- or world history for that matter --- is just one f***ing thing after another?
Or, do we think that our life is meant for someone out there and is now moving to that direction? Do our dreams help us move towards a purpose and a goal? Do we feel that we are headed somewhere and this direction is giving us inspiration to move on, even when we fail?