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Your hp (health points or hit points) in a roleplaying game shows you how much damage you can suffer before you die. Conversations are the same way, each conversation has a certain level of hp.
You sit staring at your math homework and are completely stuck. So you reach into your backpack and pull out an English textbook. “Perfect,” you say. “This is exactly what I need.” Said by no one, ever.
It’s clear that using your English textbook to help with math will result in dismal failure. Using a finance textbook to do fluid mechanics will result in the same, as will a heat transfer textbook in for a philosophy paper.
At this point in Acts of the Apostles, Paul and his various cohorts have been traveling through Roman provinces, proclaiming the Gospel. And inevitably, someone doesn’t like it.
A friend of mine had a cool connection between Mary as the new Ark of the Covenant, the veil in the temple, and what all of that means. I decided to share.
P.S. Be a hero today
I don’t know why or how I first thought of the following image, and it doesn’t exactly connect with the theme of marrying God, but here you go: Life can be compared to an Easter egg hunt. People might say the person who collects the most eggs was successful, or perhaps the one whose eggs had the best candy hidden in them.
Derp, a word that says I just made a stupid mistake. Sin is when we choose shiny over better. But in contrast, the things that matter most in life, the heroic things, require practice and sacrifice.
P.S. Be a hero today
I remember when I first got to Victory Road in Pokemon Red Version. Everything I’d been working for as a Pokemon trainer led up to this point. I’ve beaten all the gyms and my work is almost done, but not quite. Beyond this road is the final test, the Elite Four. And the music that plays on Victory Road got me excited yet prepared for the challenge to come.
Victory Road isn’t the end, but it’s what comes immediately before. It’s the journey that leads up to it. Which means that Holy Week is Jesus’ Victory Road.
“When you send your papers for revision, make sure to tell them what you’re looking for,” my professor advised us. “If all you want is for them to tell you how smart you are, you’ll need to say so. Otherwise you’ll be really disappointed when they come back with grammatical mistakes you need to correct.” He was completely right. There are different kinds of feedback and we get frustrated when we get one we didn’t expect.