Because of my own recent involvement in writing a screenplay, I’ve been doing some reading about that craft. I've begun noticing how some of the notes I’ve taken make for an interesting interaction between cinema and real life.
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WHAT'S PASSIONTIDE ABOUT?
During this coming week, “Holy Week,” the church re-tells, re-lives and makes present in a mysteriously real way the story of Christ’s betrayal, suffering and death. So I ask Jerry Zucker’s question: “What’s the story about?” Many or most Christians who are acquainted with the story would say “It’s about how Jesus got arrested and was taken before the high priest and then tried before the Sanhedrin who decided that he must die because his called himself the Son of God. So they forced Pilate’s hand after having Jesus scourged, Pilate had him crucified. He was buried, but then on Easter morning the risen Lord began appearing to his disciples.”
Okay, but then Jerry would ask again, “No, no! What’s it about?” The answer is actually simple: It’s about love. It’s not about scourges and thorns and nails, it’s about God’s initiating this whole series of events out of love for us, to save us from sin. Yeah, Holy Week is about love.