Wednesday, February 25, 2004
"The Passion of Christ" (Mel Gibson)
"Brutal, powerful and moving" (press commentary)
2 hrs. 15 min. This film tells the story of the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus (Caviezel),
on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem. Release Date: February 25th, 2004, Ash Wednesday.
"Watching The Passion of the Christ is fun. It is hard and very sad. But the fact remains,
if Jesus could live it in an act love, then we can certainly watch it as an act of worship!"
On the screen after all it is easier than LIVE!
A plethora of sites on this movie would takes us hours to explore.
But for me, and I guess, many others too, enough is enough.
I venture a few thoughts on "Jesus' Passion in our world today, not as a "movie
that is entertainment and fun", but as a human reality.
Blaise Pascal, 553: "The mystery of Jesus"
"Jesus is in agony until the end of times. Do not sleep during that time" (my translation).
And: "I fail to describe the pain filled watch, as a world wide (universal) torture falls into one lonely heart!"
(Also Blaise Pascal)
"I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me." (Mt 25: 31 and further).
The face of the sick is the human face of Jesus, living, suffering, agonizing and dying amongst us
here and now, in 2004.
Whilst our beloved Yeshuah had proclaimed:
"I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full" (Jn 10:10).
Twenty-seven years ago. Steve Biko died, alone, tortured to death in a Pretoria prison cell.
He is the martyr, the symbol of the anti apartheid struggle in South Africa and far beyond.
Christ in agony to give life to a new Nation.
The mothers who see their children dying of ill treatment, of thirst and hunger,
totally powerless to sustain their beloved children's lives: Christ agonizing today.
And all the downtrodden, under economic, political, religious systems' boots! Christ's agony today.
Do I exaggerate? Should I, in order not to scandalize the weak,
be backed up by an authoritative declaration,
whose authority doesn't go beyond the Holy Spirit living and working in all of us?
"For by His incarnation the Son of God has united Himself in some fashion with every man.
He worked with human hands, He thought with a human mind, acted by human choice
and loved with a human heart" Gaudium et Spes 22).
Consequently no human being can ever be a stranger to us.
I need no art picture of a suffering dying Christ when I behold my brother lying in pain on his deathbed,
nor do I need long wordy prayers, nor theories, above all NO "bloody" movie for entertainment and fun!
I behold Yeshuah before my very eyes, stretched on the hospital cross,
totally depended on a samaritan for a drop of water on his parched tongue!
A man of smiling, heroïc sorrow!
The agony last longer than three, than twelve hours. It lasts an eternity!
He lies there, one with sufferers the world over, one with suffering nature,
bees, birds, ants, rabbits, flowers, gasping for pure air and sound respected earth!
Much noise is made in the media and on the Net about Mel Gibson's "The Passion of Christ".
Much blood is promised, and shivering too. As of old, or is it so old? The horror underground pictures!?
George Bush himself will view it. Promised. It smacks of money gain, political gain, dishonesty, idolatry.
While the ongoing, Jesus driven, earthbound people's passion
moves slowly on towards Easter morning. LIVE!
Tuesday, February 24, 2004
Many many years hence, a dear south african friend put in my hands a paperback book titled:
"Born to hunger". The content showed that millions of children, in Southern Africa and far beyond,
know, as their unique life experience from birth to death: HUNGER!
This crime against humanity, exists even today, hidden or not in the folds of our beautiful planet.
Our beloved Yeshuah knows hunger and thirst, even today,
since he identifies with the hungry and the thirsty of all times and places (Mt 5,6).
I do believe that the Spirit of Yeshuah, the aramean, nazarean Man is alive in us, in me.
To feel, with him, hunger and thirst for justice, concretely, here and now,
this is, I would wish, my lenten fast.
So help me God!
Sunday, February 01, 2004
Blair white washed by Hutton, the BBC on its knees
For years now, I listen to "the BBC world today", not, of course, Bible truth, but as an bunch of journalists really, and honestly searching the truth and trying to articulate it so that we, BBC faithful listeneners would follow and understand, as far as possible the "daily state of the World" of which we are part.
After the Hutton report, Tony Blair is being White washed of his repeated assertions concerning Irak weapons of mass destruction, repeating , it was evident what his boss, Bush asked of him before the 17th Mnarch 2003, day on which Irak was attacked by USA, Britain and the so-called coalition.
David Kelly, a respected expert, having spent years researching and searching "arms of massive destruction in Irak", couldn't, as a scientist, say directly "yes or no" as to his finding. He needed time. He somehow got caught in an an interview with BBC interviewer.
David Kelly, told what his conscience could say: the truth as far as he knew.
And that was too much for Blair and his rage to get into Irak with Bush and fight. That is, not him, but, of course, the "boys"!
David Kelly, I saw the the scene on TV, was interrogated by the Brithish Parlementary commission. He was humbled, killed in advanced by the system and its agents…
That evening, at home, he told his wife Janice: "No this is not the kind of world I would want to live in". And, it is assumed, he took his life.
The truth lies buried with him under six feet of earth and, after the Hutton report, Blair walks today proudly, trying to let his white washed face shine on a desponded, defeated british people, on a crushed BBC, on TRUTH violated by he power that be.
Rest in Peace, David, rest in Peace TRUTH, rest in peace all our hope for a better world, the Kingdom as Jesus dreamt of, and died for.