Ascension Presents personality Father Mike Schmitz offers a reflection on Avengers: Age of Ultron. While calling it a fun superhero movie, he also explores the underlying, more subtle worldview of the story. Viewers shouldn’t be disappointed to learn that it is essentially the same story as the original, only now the aliens are robots. Josh Whedon, writer, scripts a comic book movie that is true to the characters, and writes great dialogue with banter. But this entertaining dimension doesn’t hide the bigger question, “When presented with great danger, how do we protect the people around us?” Father Schmitz points out that every totalitarian government in history has tried to protect people by offering them comfort and security. While presenting a different offer, he quotes Pope Benedict XVI, who said “you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.” Father Schmitz ultimately uses the Avengers as a springboard to discuss how the gospel message encourages us to choose liberty, excellence, and greatness over comfort and security.
Perfectionism can move us from caring to quitting. Spiritual perfectionism can lead people who care about the Faith and who love God to a place of harshness and hurry so much that they just want to give up. But the Gospel reminds us that God is gentle and patient.