JR. Forasteros - May 30, 2021



Marvel's WandaVision explores our desire to hide from grief and pain. It's easier to look to the past, to pine for the Good Ole Days than it is to imagine a future on the other side of pain. But Jesus assures us that the light of his truth is better than the darkness of our self-deception. By faith, we can hope that what's ahead of us is greater than what lies in our past.

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Thanks to the pandemic, the first Marvel TV show turned out to be the weird, wonderful WandaVision. If you’re not a Marvel fan, let’s do a quick summary.

The show picks up after the events of Avengers: Endgame. The Vision, a sentient android, was killed by Thanos, and his girlfriend Wanda was devastated.

So it’s strange when the TV show opens up to an I Love Lucy-style, black & white sitcom style. Oh… and Vision is alive?

The second episode channels Bewitched… including the turn to color.

And every episode after that moves through the decades channeling sit-com after sit-com. The Brady Bunch. Full House. Modern Family.

We finally learn that Wanda is using her powers to create a false reality. She’s been so devastated by her grief over losing her partner that she’s escaped into a reality of her own design. In the process, she’s taken over a small town, using her powers to force the town to play parts in her perfect sit-com life.

The series received well-deserved acclaim as one of Marvel’s most honest and emotional creations to date. While it wasn’t perfect, it illustrated how powerful our self-deception can be.

So let’s talk about lies: why do we lie to ourselves? And how can we learn to face the truth in the light of God?

Here’s the good news: the light of truth is better than the darkness of our self-deception.

What waits for us in the light is not condemnation and judgment but hope!

Join us Sunday as we see the joy of living in the light of God’s truth.

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