Gospel of the day: Mark 12:28-34
As I sat there tonight watching my fellow peers perform Seussical the Musical, it was a bundle of emotions. For starters, there was confusion…and joy…even sadness.But in the end, it was clear that there are plenty of messages to be learned from this musical and Dr. Seuss in general.
There are lessons that Dr. Seuss teaches us not only for when we are children, but some that are life-long.
- Acceptance is Key. – We are all different! Even today’s Gospel tells us to “love your neighbor as yourself“. All things in life spring from that! (and loving God of course) Just because someone looks different than you, sounds different than you, or is in general just completely different than you, that doesn’t mean you’re/they’re any better! We are all so beautiful in our own ways and never forget that.
- Stand Up For What You Believe In– When Horton was put on trial for basically being “unruly”, they decided he should be placed in an asylum for his bizarre actions and belief in the Whos, but Horton would not sit there and be thrown around. When he knew something was wrong, he knew he must make a stand no matter how difficult.
- Perseverance– The definition in itself means “steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.” Seussical shows us that sometimes, we are forced to do something. Whether you are forced into an Army school like Jojo or asked by Mayzie to sit on her egg until she returns (and that’s not until a long time)
- Use Your Imagination– The whole concept of Seussical or any creation by Dr.Seuss is meant to inspire. We are not meant to conform to this world and it’s basic ways of thinking, but rather use the extraordinary mind God gave us and find adventures whether they are building a fort in your living room to climbing Mt.Everest. Imaginations and brains that are constantly thinking are such special gifts from God and this musical reminds me to never stop creating.
- Love The Journey– If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times. Life is a journey blah blah, but that’s not the point. The point is that we are on a journey to get to a destination. Yes? Well in Seussical, that destination is Solla Sollew. Horton puts it like this, “There’s a faraway land, so the stories all tell, somewhere beyond the horizon. If we can find it then all will be well, troubles there are few. Someday we’ll go to Solla Sollew.” Now, I didn’t catch this until after the musical, but Horton and his journey is much like our journey to Heaven. The Gospel reminds us that, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” (Mark 12:24)
Seussical is a brightly colored, lovable musical that is appropriate for any person! It reminds us that:
A person is a person no matter how small.”
We are called to love God, love others, accept all, persevere during tough times, always believe in the magic of our minds, and of course, always look for our final destination: HEAVEN