A few days ago I had the opportunity to see the film Mary Magdalene (2018), which is a biblical drama of the ministry of Jesus, taking interest in the person of Mary Magdalene, as she may have seen it from her point of view. It depicts how she resists the status quo of her family and traditional society, how she is looking for deeper meaning in her life, and how she comes to be a follower of Jesus.
It’s a beautiful film, directed by Garth Davis, starring Rooney Mara as Mary and Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus. The screenplay is written by Philippa Goslett and Helen Edmundson. I particularly liked one of the closing scenes where Mary has just witnessed the resurrected Christ and comes to tell the other apostles. I have included the script of this scene below. I think it has deep insight, which I’ll comment on below.
The ritual practice of anointing makes the person that is anointed an “Anointed One,” which is what the word Christ literally means, and by derivation is what being a Christian means. Cyril of Jerusalem in the fourth century noted of those who had been baptized and anointed, “You have been made Christs, by receiving the anti-type [symbol] of the Holy Spirit [the oil]” (Catecheses 21.1). Receiving the chrism they are ritualistically made Christs, being clothed in that Name and Identity, taking it upon themselves in actual fact as their own Eternal Identity, their True Name/Self. Continue reading “Christians are Made Christs by Anointing”
There is a term that the scriptures use to refer to something in us that separates us from God. It is called the “natural man,” or at times the “carnal mind.” What is this? And how can a correct understanding of it help us commune with and become one with God? Continue reading “What is the “Natural Man”?”
The Romanian-French playwright Eugène Ionesco (1909-1994) described the following experience he once had:
On a May morning, just before noon, a day that seemed full of sap, in a leafy park where the light streamed down, white, blue green: that day it all began with a senseless, inexplicable joy that I have never again felt so concretely, so carnally, so obviously a joie de vivre sustained by an indescribable astonishment at being alive. Continue reading “Eugène Ionesco’s “First Vision” Account”