Movies are NOT usually my thing --
so if I am writing about it -
you know it knocked my socks off!!
Today I want to offer a reflection ...not a review:
What drew me so deeply into the plot of Risen was acknowledging in me, like so many people I presume, there is an non-believer wrestling with finding Jesus (dead or alive). As I journeyed along with Clavius, the Roman tribune appointed by Pilate to find the missing body of Jesus so that the whole Messiah idea mess could be put to rest; I found myself analyzing the evidence on which I base my own faith, anew. Mine is not a blind, child-like faith - though I wish it were. Like "Doubting" St. Thomas, I want the physical evidence of the Resurrection. Even as I contemplate Jesus' words to Thomas as to the tremendous blessing of those who DO NOT see and yet believe (of which group I would belong); my heart still longs to be in that upper room when Jesus appeared so that I may come to know and believe with my eyes.
Though fictional, how envious I was of Clavius' opportunity to have a private conversation with Jesus. How beautifully this scene depicts how gentle, honest and loving Jesus speaks to our confused or tortured hearts; meeting us where we are at and telling us exactly what we need to hear. I was jealous until I remembered Jesus does make himself available to me every moment of every day. In fact, it was opening the bible and reading Jesus' teachings in the Gospels that was the turning point in my journey from skeptic to believer. As I uncovered the truth in God's word - as I experienced Christ through these eye-witness accounts, I become more curious to who Jesus really was. As Clavius was questioning the very joyful, enthusiastic Apostle Nathaniel (aka Bartholomew), I realized that this encounter would not bring conversion, but does often draw us to ask more questions and to seek further information for ourselves.
For me this came in spending more time in prayer, practice of the Sacraments and reading of the scriptures. Like Clavius, I believed in something greater than me but I was unsure who or how real that Power was - and once face to face with Jesus' love would be brought to my knees. That moment Jesus speaks to your heart with words of comfort and clarity that NO OTHER being had or could, that is the moment of conversion.
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**Advanced screening of Risen on DVD provided for an honest review and/or reflection as part of the Risen DVD (out on May 24th) blog tour!