Bringing the Text to Life
When we have peace, we are truly blessed.
AT A GLANCE:
BlessU-2 is a robotic priest who offers blessings when activated by a tap on its touchscreen chest. A weary pilgrim can even stipulate which language — as long as it is German, English, French, Spanish or Polish. When the blessing is offered, BlessU-2 raises its robot arms and pronounces a blessing. Really? Really. Which leads us to this psalm in which we find several blessings, and the focus of the blessings is peace.
For material based on today’s gospel text, see “The Insomniac Christian,” December 1, 2013.
Robots have been around for a while. A long while. At least the concept of robots. The ancient Greeks and Egyptians had visions of artificial companions, servants and soldiers. Dragon’s teeth might be sown in a field and soldiers would pop up to defend the gods. Vulcan forged handmaidens out of gold. And so on.
In recent history, robots have also captured the imagination of us mortals. Slowly,...