I have a friend in England who is a gifted musician. On the Sundays when he was scheduled to play the organ, I was always delighted because I knew that at the end of Mass he would let loose! The ancient organ’s mechanisms would be put to the test, century old dust would be expelled from the pipes as sacred music filled the air. And as the first few notes of the theme to Star Wars sounded our hearts stirred and our spirits quickened and the presence of God filled the church for the second time that morning.
There were other theme tunes to great movies in his repertoire, each with its own mythology and the same story line. The battle of good vs evil. This is what stirs the hearts of men.
Most churches will tell the story, outline the plot, the villain, the hero; we hear of the great adventure He lived, the battles He fought, the sacrifice He made and the victory won.
But how can the hearts of men be awakened (or recovered) to know that they also have a part to play in this unfinished saga and more importantly how to equip them to go out into the world to meet that task head-on ?