DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN     May 15-17, 1998     vol. 9, no. 95


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Yada, yada, yada is really nada
in the overall scope of God's Master Plan!

          Isn't it ironic that the most talked about event in the world today is about nothing!?! We're talking about all the hype surrounding the final episode of the Seinfeld television sit-com that aired last night as you read this; though we are composing this editorial on Thursday afternoon still a few hours away from the final Seinoff. This editor has to admit he's a closet Seinfeld fan, not that I'm proud of that, but it has to do with one of the stars Michael Richards who I knew from his days with the San Diego Repertory Theatre. I knew then what a comedic talent he was and it first manifested itself on the stage and then in his first television appearances in "Marblehead Manor" which starred another comic genius with San Diego ties - Paxton Whitehead. But I digress. This editorial is not about Kosmo Kramer or other actors and, unlike the long running half hour comedy on Thursday nights, this editorial is not about nothing. Rather, it is about something that alarms us about society today and reaches back to the late 1960's when pop-idols Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and John Lennon proclaimed that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus! They weren't kidding and few realized how close they were to the truth for it has become evident ever since that Christ is forgotten in the world today. The mores of society have sunk so much that Seinfeld is accepted as moderate on the scale of objectionable topics and subject matter. Compared to all the garbage on television today from "Ellen" to the "Jerry Springer Show," not to mention the plethora of violence and sex on the tube 24 hours a day, and that doesn't even include the news, that is faint praise for a show that has become an icon of culture in the 1990's. It seems that every Catholic kid can quote some of the best lines from Seinfeld episodes but they don't know the Hail Mary or Ten Commandments! They can relate to losers like George Costanza, Elaine Benes, Newman, and all the other yahoo yada, yada, yadas that have graced the show with little saving grace, but they find it difficult to relate to winners like the saints who were full of grace and held a higher standard than the world demanded. They know the intracasies of the plot of each episode but haven't a clue why the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is so important and it's everlasting, indelible mark in our salvation. There has been so much speculation over what the final episode would be about, but very little speculation on what God wills for His children.

          Isn't it sad how people value priorities today? Advertisers are paying an average of 1.7 million dollars for a thirty-second spot on the final episode of Seinfeld, but executives hedge when they're reminded of the importance and necessity of tithing. Money. That's what it's all about today. Few quality programs exist today because of the greed of network honchos who haven't got a creative bone in their body. How "Touched by an Angel" continues to garner boffo ratings is still a puzzle to Nielsen researchers. We'd rather watch Mother Angelica Live any day, but many cable companies don't think it's feasible to carry EWTN full time and so often the only full-fledged Roman Catholic network is piggy-backed with another, usually getting the back-end of the deal such as here in San Diego's North County where the VCR gets duty from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. since that's the only time we can get Mother's programming. No wonder the Blessed Mother said at Medjugorje to turn off the televisions and put them in the corner. She is the great "Promoter," the PR agent for the Superstar of superstars and we're not talking about Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Jesus Christ Superstar" of the sixties but Jesus Christ, Son of God, our Lord and Savior forever, the One Who founded His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and passed it on to Saint Peter and 263 Popes after Simon the Rock. Lately it seems Our Lady has been more like a voice crying in the wilderness as the apathy mounts and people turn their back on her Divine Son and her pleas to return to Him before it is too late. Yes, even today Seinfeld and company are more popular than Jesus, but then that's nothing new. All through history there have been many more popular than Our Lord because what Jesus says is not always popular with those who are intent on following their own stubborn wills. In fact, in His time, when push came to shove, only a handful of dedicated men and women and eleven diversified apostles truly believed. That would not have garnered even an interview with the network honchos who would have canceled His act in a New York minute. But, oh how they miss the boat! You see while Seinfeld is a show about nothing, Christ's performance of His Passion, Death and Resurrection are about EVERYTHING! They say fame is fleeting and how right they are. Long after Seinfeld becomes nothing more than a trivia question, Christ will go on and on and on. He may not be the longest running play on Broadway, but His truths are the longest running production in the annals of mankind. For 2000 years His Church has persevered and will continue for He has promised it will "even unto the consummation of the world" (Matthew 28: 20).

         Isn't it sad how jazzed the world is over a final episode about nothing, when what they should really be excited about is the expectation of the greatest event in history: the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and that is closer than many realize. As we noted in yesterday's editorial, it will be an event that surpasses all understanding in what Our Lady imparted to Saint Bernadette Soubirous will be "The Second Golden Age of Mankind". For us it's easy to see how the final episode of a television program pales in comparison, but for the world, blind to spiritual values and only intent on the present they have nothing to hang on to except a show about nothing! On Thursday night nearly 90 million were glued to their sets, oblivious of all else. Let us all say "yadios" to Seinfeld and the calibre of programming today, and say "hello" to the Way of Christ. If we do, then when the Triumph becomes reality there will be billions glued to Christ. That's as it should be. But there's a tremendous education process to all Our Lady has imparted that needs to be implemented in full force before we can relish the rewards of the conversion of the world. Seinfeld is going out on top so to speak, most of the other programs eventually get cancelled. Wouldn't it be a shame if God cancelled us because we chose to be couch potatoes instead of strong oaks spreading the seeds of His Words and Way to all we encounter? There is that possibility unless we start campaigning for the cause Our Lady, her beloved Pope John Paul II and her faithful remnant are championing. If we do, it will amount to something not only we, but God will be mighty proud of. If we don't, then yada, yada, yada is really nada in the overall scope of God's Master Plan!

Michael Cain, editor

May 15-17, 1998       volume 9, no. 95
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