March 11, 2013


Take prescription in the following order:

1. The Hobbit
Ever notice how our world is kind of screwed up? Majorly screwed up? We Christians believe that's because of the Fall. When we said "no" to God and chose death for ourselves, we screwed up all of Creation with us. "All of Creation is groaning...awaiting...the redemption of our bodies" Romans 8:22-23. "The culture of death" has actually been with us from the beginning, but has taken on new depths of late.

All our relationships were ruptured: with God, within ourselves, with each other, with all Creation. "With each other"? There was only Adam and Eve, male and female: the primordial human relationship, which is the first love, from where children come, from where the future comes. The family is the most basic cell of society. Families form neighborhoods, neighborhoods form cities, cities form states, states form countries. Society is based on the male/female relationship.

BUT even though there are NO chicks in the book "The Hobbit"--Galadriel, some hobbit womenfolk of the Shire and a quick shot of dwarf wives are in "The Hobbit" movie--the Theology of the Body connection is that "The Hobbit" envisions a world bigger than just humans. We can put ourselves in the bigger picture. There are other beings; all of Creation--the material world--is affected by evil (the animals are getting sick because of witchcraft) and we are all caught up in the spiritual warfare, the drama of good vs. evil. No one is exempt. We are all connected.

"I want to help the world be always more in harmony with the will of the Creator." --Pope Francis, March 15, 2013
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2. The Tree of Life
Creation, that is, Sacred Nature, plays a large part in the contemplative 3-hour long "The Tree of Life." Director Terrence Malick wants to make sure we understand our connection to Nature, so he makes us watch 20 minutes of unbroken nature cinematography (this sequence cost $10 million to make). 

We zero in on the family. A hurting family, for sure, but one that is trying. As in all Malick's movies, we hear characters whispering prayers to God, we hear their moral deliberations deep in their consciences. AND we see the glorious destiny of the human body-person: HEAVEN.

The film starts with a stark quote from the book of Job, situating the film clearly within the Judaeo-Christian ethos. Catholic religious imagery and practices abound.

3. Warm Bodies
The healing of the male/female relationship CAN cure the whole world! Marriage is the most private and personal relationship but also the most social and public at the same time. Two imperfect people can do something so perfect. "To live the Theology of the Body is nothing less than to heal the universe. The redemption of the (human) body is nothing less than redemption of the whole physical world." --Christopher West
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