Let me start by saying Wonder Woman is quite possibly the best film of the year. And I'm not just saying that because I was trapped on an airplane and it was the best of the available films.
But why is Wonder Woman the best film? Well let me tell you.
It's because in a movie centered on the horror of war and mankind's genius for destruction, we are called to hope.
We are called to forgive and be forgiven.
And even more importantly, we don't deserve it. Get that thought in your head right now.
We in no way shape or form deserve mercy and forgiveness.
We've achieved much. We fly across the fleecy skies of our beautiful Mother Earth. We explore the wide open and deep places of the earth. We discover the pathways of the brain which carry our thoughts into action.
But we have also dropped bombs and left fathers weeping over their children. We fought over borders and left the young orphans with vengeance burning in their hearts. And we have twisted ourselves and our minds into knots of burning hate.
We've loved and lost, broken hearts and healed souls. We are light and shadow mingled into weird, often awkward and clumsy things called "humans."
We are guilty. Any jury would convict us and send us to our just reward.
But as Diana, aka Wonder Woman, says "it's not about deserve."
It's about what we believe.
Mercy, and love which is the starting point of mercy, are the calling of us all.
We cannot forgive once or twice. We cannot even allow ourselves to only forgive as much as we CAN. We have to forgive as often as we must.
What would life be if a mother could not forgive her daughter an angry word?
What would life be if men and women who have fought each other for years couldn't somehow, someway forgive each other and call peace?
What would life be if we were so consumed with hate at those who broke our hearts we couldn't love again?
Life would be...worthless.
If we define ourselves by only our darkness we would be only half of a real person, if that.
We must define ourselves with love and with mercy. It is light that brings growth and definition to our lives.
Parents are defined by the love and forgiveness they show their children.
Good men and women are defined, not by their conquests, but rather by the compassion they provide.
So extend the hand. Extend the hand a thousand and one times even if a thousand times it is cast aside. Because maybe it takes someone going one step further for us all to get anywhere at all.
Start small maybe. It was St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta who said to do small things with great love.
Forgive your friend the harsh word, extend the hand of compassion to those who are hurting, provide for the poor and the downtrodden. Open your homes to the sick and needy for all nations.
We do this in hope. Hope that we might be forgiven. Even though we do not deserve it.
We still have hope. Forever and always.