Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and the One Who not only provided that beauty, but the very vision so all could see - see the Truth, the Way and the Life - and never doubt again. Yet the doubters are still among us. That is because they are blind to the consummate Love of the Cross. To them this movie might be trash, to believers it is a treasure - a masterpiece!
"Instead of seeing the blood, they will see the river of mercy washing away our sins. Instead of seeing the pain, they will see the torture of being enslaved by the sins and beliefs of this lost world. Instead of seeing the violence, they will see the magnitude of Christ's sacrifice for us."
After seeing Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of The Christ,' I am more fully convinced that this film is truly the Hand of God reaching out to a world lost in its own delusions, illusions, and conclusions.
The claims that this film is Anti-Semitic, too violent, inaccurate, biased, or otherwise an insane mistake by an insane man are so much trash that words cannot begin to describe their foolishness. If anything, this film and its majesty, coupled with the vile and ignorant attacks against it are testaments to just how lost and confused this foolish world really is. To see large amounts of innocent Jews manipulated by evil leaders is not
Anti-Semitism, it is life! Evil, biased, selfish leaders have always and will always manipulate those in less power. Take a reality check, please!
These claims of Anti-Semitism are no less ridiculous than saying that all Germans are evil because some Germans some years ago were evil or to say that all Italians are evil because their ancestors, the Romans, often did evil, selfish, or vile things. As has often been said in this site and elsewhere, these claims are merely smokescreens and pathetic ones at that only successful with biased, foolish, or ignorant masses who believe these claims hook, line and sinker from their "leaders". What happened then is what is happening now.
Some Jewish leaders are making claims and playing with the minds of many innocent people who believe those claims. What happened in Pilate's courtyard happens everyday and everywhere!
As for the violence claims, please! Only a fool would equate the violence in this film with the kind we see in trash such as 'Kill Bill' and 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.' That violence is purposeless, random, evil leading to evil. At least the carnage seen in 'Saving Private Ryan' is purposeful. There we see blood, guts, and death in the battle for freedom.
Well, guess what folks. Here we see the blood, suffering, torture, and death of our Beloved Savior Jesus Christ, Who died for our sins and for our salvation! What better reason and purpose to show suffering than that exhibited for God Almighty!?! In my honest opinion, mature kids 10 or older can take much from this movie and grow as Catholics if only their parents will trust and believe that, with the parents at their side, these children will learn and experience from this film the loving touch of their God. This is the last thing the devil wants because he knows that getting the kids is key to his plan of perdition.
A Movie of Hate, Evil, and Violence Against All of These
There are three kinds of reactions to this film. Perhaps you will enter it believing all of the trash you have heard and simply look to confirm that trash, seeing nothing else.
Perhaps you will go in trying to see the love, the sacrifice, the faith and, above all, the Hand of God in all of this, and still have trouble seeing it through the blood, the gore, the torture, the pain, and the evil.
Lastly, and most hopefully, you will go in hoping to see that love, that sacrifice, that faith, and that Hand of God and, through prayer, meditation, and the help of God Almighty, you will indeed see those things and more. As many of the actors in the movie have said, this is a movie with hate which is against hate, of evil which is against evil, of violence which is against violence, of a man which is of God!
Those who see it will see the good in this movie, for children and adults, if they can look beyond those things, which this world looks at.
Instead of seeing the blood, they will see the river of mercy washing away our sins. Instead of seeing the pain, they will see the torture of being enslaved by the sins and beliefs of this lost world. Instead of seeing the violence, they will see the magnitude of Christ's sacrifice for us.
Someone recently asked me, "What can a child get from seeing Christ suffer?" My answer is, simply "Christ".
The Two Scenes I Will Remember Always
The two scenes that will stick with me forever are not the ones often shown in highlights or previews. There is no blood, no pain, no suffering in these scenes.
There is only simple, pure, clear, and innocent love between a mother and her child.
The first is the flashback where Mary recalls running to the aid of a fallen child Jesus, of holding Him in her arms, of cradling Him from the world, of looking into His eyes.
The second is another flashback, which recalls an exchange between an adult Jesus and His loving Mother. This occurs when Jesus finishes that table and plays around with His loving Mother, who scolds Him to wash His hands before coming into the house. This is what this movie is about. It is about a loving God and a loving Mother running to our aid when we need it most, and cradling us from a lost world. It is about a tremendous sacrifice based on a tremendous love for all of us, who do not often deserve such tremendous sacrifices and love yet receive them from an eternally loving and merciful God. Great wit was shown in that table scene when Jesus built a table too high for normal chairs and Mary asked Him who would sit at such a table. Jesus implied that people might like to use higher chairs, to which Mary smirked, "That will never catch on!"
As I look at just such a high chair so popular today, I hope and pray that Mel's sacrifice to show us Christ's sacrifice will reseed a barren world such that the message of love and salvation will once again "catch on"!
Editor's Note: We are pleased to announce Gabriel Garnica will be contributing many articles in 2004. Heaven is once again under attack by those who would seek to ignore and overthrow God's majesty and authority. Gabriel Garnica, educator and attorney, will submit regular insights and commentaries to remind and help guide readers toward a deeper and more assertive faith. Touching on topics and issues ranging from personal faith, doctrine, education, scripture, the media, family life, morality, and values, Gabriel's notes will be music to traditional ears but unpleasant tones to those who have bought into the misguided notions so prevalent and spreading in today's Catholic world.