Movie: The Passion

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I converted to Catholicism early on, but I did not always practice the religion regularly. Attending mass on Sundays was more of a habit to me than a true passion. I often attended because the church says you should attend mass, and it was also deeply rooted in my culture to go. After viewing the movie The Passion of the Christ last week my feelings about my faith with Christ have changed. I was deeply touched by the movie and was forced to ponder over the many questions about my religion that had once plagued me. I now know the true reason I should be attending mass. I should want to attend to understand the true meaning of the sacrifice Christ made for me.

The film portrays the last 12 hours in the life of Christ, from his betrayal by Judas Iscariot, to his death on the cross. In Gibson's version of the story, the Jewish leaders arrest Christ because he claimed to be the Son of God and King of the Jews.

He is considered a blasphemer who deserves death and is turned over to the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate, for the approval to be executed. Pilate does not see a real reason to kill Christ, but bows to the angry mob demanding Christ's death. The main idea of the movie is to depict the truth of Christ's teaching. Jesus ultimately believes his sacrifice of torture and death will mean the redemption of mankind. Thus, even in his greatest hour of weakness, Jesus must exhibit the

greatest human strength possible. Jim Caviezel does a wonderful job portraying Christ's convictions. He shows how Christ carried his mission through to the end even after being beaten down and handling more than most humans could bare, he never strays from the...