The "Secret" Behind the Passion of the Christ
In 2004, I was an evangelical Christian attending a conservative, bible-centered Methodist Church with good preaching, warm fellowship, pro-life and many ministries to serve the poor. What was not to like?
Our pastor paid for tickets for all of us to see the Passion of the Christ as he thought it would encourage faith and be a great tool of evangelism. And it was! In the middle of the movie, I made a promise to Jesus I would surrender everything to Him, and the very next second an inner voice said "and part of that surrender is you will become Catholic" which was the most distasteful thing I could think of. My conversion quickly ensued. I have now spent the following 8 years, blogging, writing, speaking, performing and attempting to show others the beauty of this Church. I discovered He is here for us now, in the Eucharist. Today I read a story about Jim Cavaziel who played Jesus in the Passion and how he asked the priest on the set to expose the Blessed Sacrament in the most crucial scenes of the movie. I now know the secret of why this movie was so powerful to inspire conversions and reversions. See Jim Cavaziel's comment below:
"How could I help other people to increase their faith in Jesus? I realized that this can only happen if Jesus is present in me through the Eucharist, and so people would see Jesus through my life. When we were shooting the scene of the Last Supper, I had an inner pocket made in my clothes where I placed some relics of saints and a relic of Christ’s Cross. I had a strong desire for Jesus to be really present, and so I asked the priest to expose the Blessed Sacrament. At first, he did not want to do that, but I was persistent in asking, because I was positive that people would recognize Christ more, if I myself was looking at Him. The priest was standing with the Blessed Sacrament in his hands next to a cameraman, and together with him, he approached me. When people watch the movie and see a shimmer in my eyes, they are not aware that they really see Jesus, a reflection of the consecrated Host, in my eyes. The same was in the scene of the Crucifixion. The priest was there; he held the Blessed Sacrament in his hands, and I prayed all the time."