Last night at The Place they showed “The Passion of the Christ”. Despite owning the DVD, I had not yet seen it. I had heard so much about it that I wanted to wait until I was ready to see it. I decided to last night. I’m sure most of you have seen it by now. It’s been three years since its theatrical release. But because the crowd at The Place comes from such diverse backgrounds I wasn’t the only one who was watching for the first time. I think everyone in attendance was moved. The Lebanese guy sitting next to me wiped away more than a few tears and the British girl on the other side didn’t move for a few minutes after it finished, sitting in quiet reflection. They were both believers, but there were also nonbelievers there. Please pray that the message of Christ will sink in. As far as my take on the movie, it was bloody to the point of distraction, but still impacting.
This afternoon, we were at the Anglican service. Chris was one of a number of people doing dramatic readings from characters from the passion. He was Judas. He did a great job despite having been very ill the last couple of days. You can read the transcript here: judas.doc There was also Peter, Mary Magdalene, a street vendor, a water carrier, Mary and others.
Tonight we will go with Rick and his kids to an Orthodox church in a village to experience Good Friday in yet another denomination.