Bringing the Text to Life
At a Glance
Senior citizens are taking martial arts classes where they learn how to use their everyday walking canes as self-defense weapons. Paul teaches a similar class in Ephesians 6, reminding us that it's the simple things that Christians carry with them every day that can be our best defense against spiritual attack.
For material based on today's gospel text, see "Discredited Substances," August 26, 2012, at HomileticsOnline.com.
If you're heading out to visit an elderly friend or family member at the local retirement home or senior center, you probably expect to find a group of seniors hanging out in a common area playing bingo, sipping a cup of tea, reading a large-print book or engaging in a fierce game of checkers.
You might be surprised to find, however, that a couple of times a week the dayroom in a lot of these tranquil places actually transforms into a dojo where a robed sensei pits grandmas and grandpas against one another in simulated mortal combat...