Advent Reflections 2018 : Day 10 : Unlikely Characters

Today we focus on finding the advent spirituality in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. Much like the characters we are finding behind the doors of our nativity advent calendar each day, the Guardians of the Galaxy are an unlikely and sometimes motley crew. An outlaw, a green assassin, a tattooed wrestler, a raccoon and a tree end up forming an improbable fellowship of superheroes.

The Guardians are heroic, but only in special circumstances, like many of us. There are varying degrees of alien genes in them but their humanity is recognisable, not because of their glorious humaneness but because they are complex. This is how heroes are in the real world, and there are indeed heroes in the real world — they are imperfect, petty, self-absorbed, practical, weak often, some of them are even criminals, but they do defeat evil, save lives, enrich the poor and transform nations. As we seek to be Christlike in the world, perhaps we can take solace in the example of the Guardians (and many imperfect characters we read about in the Bible).

Morality is a running theme throughout the nativity story (and beyond) but is often not thought about as we prepare for a story about birth. Morality may not be the invention of the storyteller, but its dissemination has been through storytellers across the ages because the triumph of good over evil is an excellent plot device. It gives a story, especially a commercial story, an honourable direction. So, Guardians of the Galaxy does not entirely abandon this ancient trick. After all, it is a commercial film. There is, indeed, some goodness in all the five protagonists, and in the end they do what is right instead of what is smart, the reason why they are endearing. And perhaps it is the morality of the nativity characters which we find so endearing, the fact they were just people like you and I, battling the prejudices of the day and living their lives of faith to the best of their ability – doing what was right, not always what was smart.

Some of this reflection is edited from the following article : https://www.hindustantimes.com/columns/guardians-of-the-galaxy-marks-the-advent-of-rogue-superheroes/story-eenTaAI6FogS7oOBvEKpxO.html

 

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