Thursday, March 17, 2011

Facing Evil

Ahh, The Cape, we hardly knew ye. The tenth and final episode was released online-only a few days ago.

Marty Voyt, our hero's close friend and recent betrayer, is given his second chance to get things right. How often in life do we all wish for that? We walk down the road a way and realize that we took the wrong fork. "I wish I could take that back." "I wish I hadn't let her walk away." "I wish I could have done the right thing, even if it cost me." Marty knew that the right thing would probably get him killed, but that doesn't change what the right thing is. Right isn't less right because it's difficult or costly.

In the end, he has his second chance to put himself between his friend and danger. Confronted with almost the same villains once again, he takes the other fork in the road - and a bullet - to save his friend.

On the other hand, we have Travis Hall, Dana's supervisor and co-counsel. He isn't in some impossible situation; he's just a guy. He can continue doing his job and bringing home a paycheck tomorrow, no matter what. His family isn't in danger. He's an average person like you and I. He isn't a superhero (he comes running into battle with a stapler), but he does the right thing when it comes down to it. He doesn't have to, but he does the right thing.

Both men, in very different circumstances, face the same question. What do you do when confronted by evil?

We're often like Marty. We aren't evil, but we make mistakes. We do things for our family, and sometimes we do the wrong things. We act in our own self-interests. We sin. That's why we need the Sacrament of Confession - not to wash us up so we can go play in the mud again, but to give us another chance to make the right choice.

We need the grace of the Sacraments to strengthen our just-a-guy resolve. With God's grace, when we're confronted by wrongs far beyond our powers, we can still pick up that stapler and come out swinging.

I can't help but wonder if these messages aren't part of the reason a show like The Cape doesn't stay on the air. These characters don't support immorality, they fight it. They don't condemn, they forgive. That's the Christian message - as dangerous today as it was two thousand years ago.

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