Monday, March 08, 2004

The Passion of the Christ

I finally saw it and was deeply and very personally moved. Enough so that I would rather not comment on it here. I realize it was not revelation. But still it was a commentary of a sort on revelation just as Ricciotti's Life of Christ or Jim Bishop's The Day Christ Died were in their own way.

I didn't understand how a committed Christian could dislike it until with a little thought it occured that the same is true of books. Most devout people love, say, the Imitation of Christ. Some equally devout find it of no use at all. That non-Christians wouldn't like or approve of the film is understandable and predictable. They didn't understand or approve of the original either.

18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
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22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

-from the first Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians, the first chapter.