It happens to the best of us, I think. That urge to watch (or re-watch) an epic movie or TV series, or to read (or re-read) a great story. And the next morning, we rise from our beds either sleep deprived or having slept in way too late and kicking ourselves for it – but that doesn’t ever dissuade us from doing it again.
Why do we long so much to be immersed in these stories, to lose ourselves in them?
Perhaps it’s because we’re afraid of meaninglessness. We want to be immersed in something that matters. And great stories all have that quality – they matter. But as for everyday life, well, it’s easy to let the daily rhythm become an inconsequential blur. We become afraid that our lives are nothing more than a series of meaningless events – wake up, go to work, come home, have supper, unwind, go to sleep, repeat. Like the dwarves in the Last Battle, C. S. Lewis’ 7th book in his Narnian series, we can easily become convinced that the mundane is the only true reality – though of course we like to pretend, even for an hour or two, that other greater and more meaningful worlds exist.
But why that hunger, that longing? I’ll again refer to C. S. Lewis for this one. In Mere Christianity, he puts it very well when he says, “Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists” (Book III, Chp. 10).
In other words, we hunger for a great story because we’re called to a great story.
All creation revolves around the climax of one Great Story – and this climax is the moment in history where God Himself comes in the flesh to conquer sin and evil by His Death, and to bring forth the victory of Divine Love through His Resurrection.
And here’s the thing: we’re not extras in that story. Not only are we personally known by the Great Hero of the drama, we are called to allow Him to carry out that victory through our own lives. St. Paul was serious when he wrote, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me” (Gal 2:20). As members of Christ’s Body, we are called to be His hands and feet wherever we ourselves have been placed.
If the heart of history is the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Christ, then the rest of history is the spread of His victory into all times and places. The great War may be won, but until the Second Coming of Christ, the battle for human hearts still rages on. Each one of us is at the very front of this cosmic battle of good and evil; each little choice we make matters more than we could possibly imagine, and no detail is left unimportant.
It is far too easy to forget the fact that we live right within the Great Story itself, within the one story that matters most. Consider yourselves reminded.
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