A film suggestion for Lent

Passion of the Christ

Chaplain’s Corner

Padre Jacques Tremblay

We are currently in the period of Lent. This is a preparation time for Easter. Every year, in order to help us get into the spirit of Easter, religious films about the life of Christ are broadcast on television. I would like to suggest to you one specific movie for this year: The Passion of the Christ.

The Passion of the Christ is a movie that shows the final 12 hours of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, from his agony to his crucifixion. Released in 2004, and directed by Mel Gibson, this movie received three Academy Award nominations in 2005. The movie is 127 minutes long and gives a realistic idea about the price Jesus Christ had to paid for our sins.

Even though this film is difficult to watch, because of the suffering shown, it can bring a lot of good. Mel Gibson said: ‘’This is a movie about love, hope, faith and forgiveness. He [Jesus] died for all mankind, suffered for all of us. It’s time to get back to that basic message. The world has gone nuts. We could all use a little more love, faith, hope and forgiveness.’’
This movie also has an interesting characteristic: the film’s dialogue is in Aramaic, Latin, and Hebrew, with English or French subtitles. For those who love languages and history, this movie may also be interesting.

Otherwise, it is a good opportunity to be prepared for the release of the second film, “The Resurrection of Christ”, which should come out next year, around Easter 2020.

Whether or not you have seen this movie before, it can be a great way to get ready for Good Friday and Easter. If you are interested in watching this movie, you can easily find it. You can also ask your chaplain. He will know how to make it possible.

jacques.tremblay4@forces.gc.ca