From the Pastor

It doesn’t seem that models and modeling are in vogue anymore.  I’m not talking about the models and modeling of the Vogue Magazine variety.  They still are in Vogue.  I’m talking about the models and modeling that involve following diagrams, some glue, paint, and assorted plastic parts.  It was this sort of modeling that I dabbled in a bit as a kid.  I certainly was no pro, but it was great fun to build and make a model in the days well before internet or cable TV.  Among my favorite models were a particular stock car, the Apollo 13 lunar module, a World War II Messerschmitt, and my overall favorite, a funky halftrack German military vehicle known as Rommel’s Rod.  Halftracks are cool.  I would picture myself trekking over hill and dale in my vintage vehicle.  Mud, creeks, and crevices would pose ne’er a problem, but my Sherman tank model would.  Modeling involved a whole creative process.  There was the selection of the model and the un-boxing at home.  There was the review of the diagram and the careful separation of the plastic parts.  It involved learning to use a sharp tool for cutting and shaving.  There were paint brushes and painting as well as some hobby glue that was quite sticky.  I would usually work at a table in the basement, although, at times, much to my mother’s ire, I would set up shop on the dining room table covering the table with an old cloth with old newspapers on top of that.  Still, she liked to see me being creative.  There was a feeling of accomplishment with the finished work.  It didn’t necessarily look like the picture on the model box.  In fact, it never looked like the picture on the model box, but that is exactly what made it mine.  It was my halftrack.  I made it.  Even if the color was off more than just a tad and the one side of the engine cover didn’t close all the way eventually falling off altogether; nevertheless, it was mine.  The early community of believers has left us a model.  We need to un-box it, carefully look at the diagram, be creative and then make it our own.  Following the Resurrection, Scripture tells us that the community of believers was of one heart and mind.  With great power they bore witness to the Resurrection and there was no needy person among them.  How does our community today compare to that early one?  Oh, we may not be perfect, but perfection comes with the effort involved.  Our model may look a wee bit shabby compared with the one on the box cover, but it is ours and we can always work to make it better repainting it or fixing parts that come unglued.  That is exactly what I did with that halftrack engine cover after it had fallen off.  It time for all of us to engage in models and modeling.  Take a look at the box that is Scripture.  Note well the diagram and above all, be creative!  Jesus Christ is indeed risen from the dead!  He is the Resurrection and the Life!  Now, make the Resurrection yours!  Happy Modeling!


Fr. Wilson