Mel Gibson's film, The Passion of the Christ, attracted a great deal of
controversy for uncritically presenting biblical passages that reflect an anti-Semitic
viewpoint. Gibson's own approach to the subject was not that simple -- as seen in his
choice of an extra to play one minor role in the film: the Roman soldier who pounds the
nails into Jesus' flesh.
The person Mel Gibson chose for this role was ... Mel Gibson himself. The director's
million-dollar Hollywood face never appears on the screen, but it's his anonymous lower
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.