Knowing a hero’s backstory tells you not only how they got to be heroes, but what motivates them to do what they do. It helps to know that Bruce Wayne lost his parents & fell down an old well, inspiring him to become Batman, or that Superman is actually an alien from another planet. Spiderman Homecoming represents the third series of movies portraying the web-slinging superhero released since 2002. By now, you’re likely familiar with Spiderman’s origin story: Peter Parker, an awkward teenager, was bitten by a radioactive spider, and woke up with his superpowers. Because he comes from humble beginnings, Spiderman always has a soft spot for those who are weak and vulnerable (although he does enjoy kicking butt alongside the Avengers from time to time.)
The fact is that we, too, each come with our own origin stories. Each of us is born into a family and circumstances beyond our control, and our lived experiences (moving, illnesses, divorce, etc) also represent who we are and what motivates us.
What’s true for superheroes and for each of us is also true for what we believe: our faith also has an origin story. [Read more…] about Unfolding John 1:1-5 (Origin Stories)