Sunday, February 04, 2007
My response to Mel Gibson's The Passion of Christ was that it should have been called Mel Gibson's Pieta. Among the film's most heartrending and memorable scenes depicts Mary, her heart exploding with grief, wiping Jesus' blood from the stone pavement of the torture chamber where he had been scourged. The scene captures perfectly something what those who accompany their loved ones at the end of life experience to some degree, namely: the need to do something even when there is nothing one can do. What I am doing is writing this to you.
Suffering, writes Hans Urs von Balthasar, "is not entry into alienation, but an exit from it. On a deeper level, suffering is a participation in the suffering of the one who leads us out of alienation.”
Please keep Liz in your prayers.