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President SnowIf you’re just dropping in and would like to catch up, click here for parts one through three.

We just finished talking about how Christ destroyed Satan’s “false world” and opened up a whole new world to humankind with His death and resurrection.  Now let’s get back to the “Catching Fire” storyline.  What happens after Katniss brings down the Hunger Games arena and, by extension, challenges the “false world” constructed by Panem?

The Panem Capital starts cracking down like never before.  Peeta is captured, Katniss’ hometown is totally destroyed, and chaos is erupting.

SermonOnTheMountWhat can we make of this?  Well, I started this post series with the first liturgical reading for November 26, and now I think it would be appropriate to allude to that day’s Gospel:

“When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end.”  Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky. (Luke 21: 9-11)

Some of the greatest forms of evil our world has seen have occurred since Christ’s victory on Calvary.  This is especially true of the last century or so (the twentieth-century is widely recognized as bloodier than all other centuries of human history combined).

For all his intelligence and craftiness, Satan was not expecting the victory of Christ via the Cross.  In the face of an unforeseen threat, the forces of darkness have been thrown into a panic.  They are gearing up with ever greater force to destroy as many as they can, much as Panem cracks down more forcefully in the face of the challenge of Katniss Everdeen.

I hope I don’t sound all “doom and gloom” or apocalyptic here.  Christ is very clear about the end of the world:

But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son,* but only the Father (Mark 13:32)

In fact, my intention is exactly the opposite.  Hopefully this helps us realize that however bad things get, Christ has already won the victory.  If we persevere until the end, the aforementioned trials in the world will merely form our great Exodus into new life.

All this considered, I very much look forward to seeing what the third installment of “The Hunger Games” brings.

*Meaning He wasn’t sent to reveal this information in His human nature.

“Catching Fire” image obtained through a Google image search; picture of the Sermon on the Mount from Wikipedia.

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