No limo or red carpet on Good Friday

Catholic Courier    |    04.06.2004


To the editor:
 
Thank you Mel Gibson for having the courage and love for Jesus to make a movie depicting the true agony and suffering that Jesus went through to save us from our sins and give us eternal life in heaven. Thank you for not sugarcoating the brutality and pain that he endured for all mankind. To all those who say the movie is too violent, how do you know?
 
It was a violent day for Jesus. They did not drive him to the crucifixion spot in a limousine and roll out the red carpet. They hated him and brutally beat him. None of us was there, but we know they crowned him with thorns that pierced his head, they whipped him, drove nails into his wrists and feet and jabbed him with spears. There was blood and lots of it. It is amazing to me that people are saying that this movie it too violent for their children to view. Yet we allow our children to watch movies and play video games that are much more violent and have no meaning compared to the dying and crucifixion of our Savior.
 
To the leaders of the Catholic Church and other Christian churches, I would think you would be happy that a movie was finally produced that showed the story of what Jesus endured for the world. I pray that all ages, young and old see this movie, fall on their knees and give their life to Jesus. Jesus showed love, pure unconditional love by dying and shedding his blood for all sinners. I say thank you Jesus.
 
By the way, Jesus was Jewish. Why would this movie cause anti-Semitism? If anything, it should make people thank our Jewish brothers and sisters for Jesus. We all crucified Jesus.
 
Dan Giancursio
Crowsnest Lane
Macedon

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