Sunday, February 24, 2008

Passion - Sunday Scribblings

This week's Sunday Scribbling's topic is passion. “Passion” is associated with many things. A passionate love, hate with a passion, compassion for our fellow man, a passion for fashion, or even a passion for chocolate.

But in a Christian’s life, passion is most often associated with Christ’s passion: His trial, suffering, and death at the hands of His oppressors. Then his glorious resurrection to Heaven to sit at the right hand of God.

The passion play is a dramatic presentation of these events in Christ’s life. I have never attended a live version of a passion play, but I have been interested in the one my relatives in Arkansas have attended in Eureka Springs, AR, which claims to be America’s Number 1 Attended Outdoor Drama. You can check it out here. Below is a scene from the live drama.

Then, of course, there is the cinematic version The Passion of the Christ directed and co-written by Mel Gibson. I wouldn’t allow myself to see it when it first came out, not only because of the intense violence, the thought of watching a son sacrificed while his mother looks on, and because it was right around the time my father died, and we had talked about this movie. So, I didn’t watch it for almost two years, and then only when my step-daughter promised to watch it with me. Moving, emotional, heart-breaking, and touching, it details the final hours of Christ’s life in a realistic fashion. Overall, it is an extremely powerful film.

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  1. I have a woodcarving my grandmother bought when she went to Passionsspiel in Europe.

    If you visit the Passion Play in Arkansas, think about one day heading to the one in Oberammergau, Germany. Supposed to be the King of all Passion plays.

  2. i'm a hop and a skip from eureka and i can tell you that the passion play draws huge crowds! i have never been to see it myself. growing up catholic and irish? i was not only born guilty? but passionate as well. to a fault. great post doll!

  3. Yes it s a very powerful film. And many of my favorite parts are the ones with Jesus and his mother Many (like the flash back, etc). I think it's because I am also very passionate about being a mother and taking care of my kids (like you)

  4. Almost every mother I know - especially those with sons - broke down and cried during the scene in the film where Mary watched Jesus walk to Golgotha. You're right: very moving.

    The good news is "the passion" is a journey each of us takes to cross over our own Jordan, forgetting those things which are behind, and pressing into Him, the author and finisher of our faith, who made a way so that "as He is, so are we in this world." (1 John 4:17)

    You may enjoy Conversations with George,a blog authored by my 83-year old mentor. A good place to "meet" him is by listening to the 10-minute podcast posted at the top of his sidebar. (Sorry, but you have to endure a rather sloppy one-minute introduction which was not edited out.)

    Have a great week.

  5. I hope - no, intend to go to the Oberammergau Passion Play one day.

    Thus far I have have shunned the Hollywood meets Nazareth version of Christ's Passion, but I am beginnng to weaken!

  6. Fantastic post! I have always wanted to see the Passion Play presentation down in AR too. Living in St. Louis, making the trek isn't such a stretch of the imagination, I just have never planned it. I should totally get on that.
    Thank you for using this opportunity to share His passion.

  7. Nice post - thoughtful and provocative. I think we all walk the passion path, in varying degrees and from various mindsets. I enjoyed your post, immensely.

  8. I have watched that movie. I could not get it out of mind for a long time.

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