We begin Year C near the end of the Gospel of Luke as “Jesus” tells the disciples about the signs of the end to look for. The people of the first century believed they were struggling under Roman oppression because God was locked in a struggle against Satan. What happened in heaven was reflected on earth. The signs in the cosmos were because the battle was at a fever pitch just before the end. The people would “faint from fear” that Satan had won, so when the Son of Man returns on a cloud “with power and great glory” it would mean the final victory was God’s and all their suffering would end.
There are some 21st-century Christians who still believe this and they tend to get a lot of media attention, but most do not. So let’s look at the gospel again without looking at the signs and you’ll see it is about preparing your heart, living without “drunkenness” and praying for strength to see you through life.
To make this visual, create your own cosmos. You’ll need a dark blue or black background that you add black or dark blue to for variation. You also want something like construction paper in white and yellow or orange. You’re going to divide the white in half. One half will become either a full moon or a crescent moon and the other will become the stars. On the yellow or orange, you’ll create a sun to put in the corner of your cosmos.
Let’s start with the sun, write a prayer for strength. You can use the Serenity Prayer, if you like. Or write one of your own. Then paste it into a corner.
Then we’ll do the moon, after you’ve cut out the shape you want, write the names of people who help you be strong and the practices that keep you strong. Do this in your best handwriting and use different colors if you want because it’s going to be visible. If you put the sun on the right, put the moon on the left.
Now, let’s work on the stars. On the back side of the stars, you’re going to write the things that keep you from being pure in heart, your form of “drunkenness” or your weaknesses. It doesn’t need to be neat and you can even turn the paper and write over the previous writing. It won’t matter what it looks like because the side you write on isn’t going to be visible. Once you’ve finished writing, cut stars of different sizes out of the paper and paste them onto the background.