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Meditating on 'The Passion of the Christ'

Walk with Jesus from Gethsemane to Golgotha

Lent and Holy Week are times to reflect upon the meaning of Jesus' suffering and death and to turn anew toward God. This year we are among the many people for whom seeing Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ (Newmarket) became part of that experience.

For Gibson, a conservative Catholic, the film — unflinching in its portrayal of the cruelty and violence inflicted upon Jesus in his last hours — is testimony to his belief that Jesus' mission was to suffer and die as a sacrifice for the sins of the world. Many fundamentalist and evangelical Christians embrace this understanding. Other Christians see the cross as pointing to Jesus' teachings on love and his deep empathy for suffering people.

Our response to the movie was to create a meditation for all Christians, believing that, despite disagreements on theological points, we share a reverence for Jesus and the way of the cross that he undertook with such love and selflessness. To read the full meditation, visit www.SpiritualityHealth.com/passionmeditation.


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