We watched Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" on Good Friday evening. We invited a few people over that night and some didn't come. They said that they couldn't watch that movie, it is too horrific or it upsets them too much. I thought these interesting comments. I totally agree with them, the movie is difficult to watch and it is upsetting. That is exactly why we must watch it!
We are a people that so easily dismiss the difficult, the challenging and the cross. The things that are difficult to do in this life are probably the very things that we should be doing and should be embracing. Yes, the Passion is messy, horrific and absolutely terrifying. But we cannot fully embrace and celebrate the resurrection unless we truly appreciate and understand the crucifixion.
Protestant "churches" don't have crucifixes, they have crosses and the way that they choose to worship embraces this sentimental notion of our salvation. Faith alone without the sacrifice. It is why so many leave the Catholic Church, they want the sentimental nice feelings without the sacrifice and commitment hat truly being a Catholic requires. It's why so many carve out their own various forms of catholicism, picking which teachings and dogmas they will choose to believe and which ones they will reject, because their wills are more important than our Heavenly Father's. The cross represents Christs total commitment to that will, he agonized over the death he would suffer, yet succumbed and totally obeyed the Father's will in every way.
That is what we are called to do as well. Obey and follow the Father's will. We are called to follow and embrace the Faith and the Church that Christ founded and left us, with all its sacrifice, difficult teachings, and crosses. We are not called to sentiment feel good celebrations with trendy music, promises of temporal prosperity and enthusiastic motivational speakers. The Catholic Church is the true Church, the One, Holy and Apostolic Church, and whoa to those who walk away for inferior, false alternatives. We are called to a life of sacrificial love, to follow in the steps of the crucified Jesus, that is the only way we can obtain what the cross yields for us, an eternity with the Risen Jesus.