Firebird - A Job To Do

We all have a job to do. I am a firm believer that our heart’s desire will lead us into the way we are to go. My desire to be an artist has brought me to where I am today. I moved to WDC to follow my heart’s desire. Keeping that conscious contact with my heart’s desire can be difficult especially when the rent is due. But if I trust that I am on the right path then everything I need will be provided for and I will get through any situation. Even on Monday mornings.

A Job To Do

“Bonita Juarez falls silent. She remembers…And she wonders, once again, wishing she understood the Lord’s plan for her, and why she was chosen to receive these powers. But she shakes her head, clearing it, enough of this, she is an Avenger – and she has a job to do.” - Narrator*

Believe it or not some superheroes are extremely religious. Bonita Juarez is a devout Catholic from Buena Vista, New Mexico. She was out in the desert hiking one day when a meteorite crashed near her. Miraculously she did not die but found she had “Pyrokinetic” ** (fire control and manipulation) powers. She believes these are a gift from God and uses her powers as praise to God. The populace calls her, Firebird. Now, one day she got a call from a trapped Rick Jones, the Hulk’s sidekick, and with five other young heroes she rescued Rick and the Hulk. The group called themselves the Rangers. Later she would join the Avengers. But through it all Bonita Juarez, Firebird’s true calling is God’s glory and praise – that is her job.

We all have a calling – artist, teacher, doctor, mother, nun, monk, sports star, or actor – whatever the calling that is our job. The unfortunate thing is sometimes we do not listen or we get caught up in the rent or bills – “life”. Oscar Wilde was quoted, “One’s real life is so often the life one does not lead.” We are not as lucky as Bonita to have a life dropped in front of us by a meteorite. We hear the callings, we have dreams, and we can follow the dreams. The spiritual life is to be happy doing what we are meant to do – (no matter the religion or spiritual following) that is God’s plan for us. Your job is to follow your dreams. Be a teacher if you want to be a teacher. Please, find away to act if you are an actor. What better way to praise the Grace or glory of God than to do the job you were meant to do.

Firebird (Bonita Juarez)
First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk, vol. 2 #265 (November 1981)

Creators: Bill Mantlo (writer), Sal Buscema (art)

* “Global Presence”, The Avengers, Volume 3, #43, August 2003

** “Pyrokinetic” word created by Stephen King in “Firestarter”