Yesterday I heard that a Metaverse company called Somnium Space is offering people immortality. In case you don’t know what the Metaverse is, it is basically a virtual world that people can exist in through digital avatars. In the Metaverse people can attend events, travel, build houses, go shopping, and a whole host of other things that you would be able to do in real life, as well as things you can’t do in real life such as flying or teleporting. This may seem like a fun fantasy, but it’s incredibly dangerous.
Mask requirements are one of the worst things that have ever been adopted in our society. Some will read that and think that I am excessively exaggerating. The point of this reflection will be to show that I am not exaggerating, and to try and open your eyes to the destruction that is happening through mask requirements. In order to do this I will have to lay some groundwork. It will take me a little while to get to the point, but bear with me and you will understand why I had to go this route.
Today I woke up and headed over to daily Mass. As I was sitting there in the church, my mind was wandering, as it often does. I began thinking about this cool looking picture of myself that I took and how I was going to make it my cover photo on facebook. I had taken a break from social media for Advent, but now that this little fast had ended, my mind was thinking about it again. Though I was a bit distracted as the Mass began, as soon as the lector walked up to read the Word of God, I became suddenly focused on what he was about to proclaim.
Sex is a horrible, disgusting thing, so you should save it for the person you love the most!
This is often how people think Christians view sex and intimate relationships. “Christians are just a bunch of prudes who want to ruin the fun for everyone else with their outdated rules! Chastity is boring!” In reality this couldn’t be further from the truth. Though it might seem like Christians follow a bunch of arbitrary rules, the rules are there to protect ourselves and others, to hold up the dignity of sex, and to create the best possible environment for human sexuality to flourish. Christianity actually elevates sex to a place far greater than the secular culture does. The rules are not there to kill the fun, but rather to make sex an even more enjoyable experience.
20 years old. What was I doing when I was 20 years old? I was in college. I got good grades. I stayed out of trouble. That’s what most people thought anyways. It didn’t mean I wasn’t actually causing trouble. Alcohol, drugs, trespassing, theft, reckless driving, and a long list of other debaucheries were part of my everyday life. By the age of 20, how many nights had I driven home drunk? Dozens. Maybe even a hundred. I drove at least a hundred times while I was high, and probably multiples of that number. I was never even pulled over.
There is no doubt about it, 2020 was a difficult year. With COVID-19, natural disasters, and civil unrest it is hard to believe that anyone was not affected in some way. With the coming of a new year, it is easy to see why people would be hoping for better circumstances in 2021. I’ve seen posts all over social media about hoping that things will improve with this next trip around the sun. It is hard to say this, but anyone who thinks things are going to be better this year is completely deceived.
Yesterday the FDA approved the emergency distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine and many people are rejoicing. "Finally we will be free from this virus and be able to go back to normal." President Trump even called it a "miracle" in his address to the public yesterday, but is this vaccine really the miracle it is touted to be?
It all started a few weeks ago. We were on our normal Monday 5:00am rosary walk around the neighborhood. The university had just implemented a new policy that said any student organization who had three students test positive for COVID-19 would be shut down for two weeks. Normally very few people wore masks on our rosary walks, but because of this new policy everyone was wearing a mask this time…everyone except me and a few other guys.
There is a crisis of false prophets in our world right now. With all the turmoil and distress in the world, everyone wants to provide an answer. The media uses it to promote their own opinions and gain viewers. Leaders use it to promote their platforms and gain votes or followers. How much of this do you think is sincere and truthful? How many of their answers are true? There are going to be many movements that spring up and lead people astray. This should be no surprise. Jesus and the Apostles repeatedly warned us to beware of false prophets.
Yesterday morning I decided to roll over to the church with my scooter for mass. I messed up the time and missed it by an hour, so I sat and prayed for a little bit and then rolled back to my apartment. It was raining earlier so the sidewalk was filled with puddles and water splashed up at me. When I got home I noticed that a worm had been flung up onto my wheelchair too. At first I couldn't tell if it was still alive, but then I saw a tiny hint of movement. Seeing things suffer and die is never something I enjoy, even if it is a little worm. I picked up the worm with my right hand and brought it over to my basil plant. I wondered if I put it in the soil if it would survive. I dropped it in the pot and watched to see what would happen. Almost immediately the worm started moving. Slowly the movement increased until it looked like it might actually have a chance. I left it alone to go eat breakfast and when I came back it had burrowed all the way into the soil.
Later that evening I came across a chapter in this book I'm reading titled, "Force Multiplier: The Warrior Worm." There was a Bible passage this chapter quoted at the beginning, "But you, Israel, My servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, you descendants of Abraham My friend, I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, 'You are my servant'; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, 'Do not fear; I will help you. Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob, little Israel, do not fear, for I myself will help you', declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel." (Isaiah 41:8-14)
It's funny how the Lord communicates things to me sometimes. The entire point of the chapter was that when we humble ourselves and become like worms, that the Lord will fight for us and that there is nothing more powerful than having God on our side. My experience of saving the worm earlier in the day prepared me to understand this chapter in a way I never expected. I understood the Lord's compassion and care that He has for us. I understood the importance of recognizing my weakness so that God's strength can be shown.
William Joseph Scheremet