"I Make All Things New"
contrary”, I said “that scene summarizes the very meaning of the Gospel, and in fact is profoundly theological. It takes the words of Jesus from the Book of Revelation and positions them right within His redemptive offering of Himself in his suffering, Passion and death. It was one of the most powerful moments of the film!” I insisted. “Good” said Gibson “I wasn’t going to change it anyway.”
The comment was humorous and also revealed of the depth of sincerity and profound sense of calling that this film represents for Gibson. However, it says much more. It shows the instincts of a man of real, simple, yet profound faith. He keeps in tact the message that all men and women so desperately need to hear “I make all things new.” That is the cry of the human race, to be made new! It is also the heart of what happens to all of us when one year ends and another begins.
As we repent for the failures of the past year, reflect with gratitude on the great gifts it brought and resolve to “be better” and “do more” that is good in the coming year, we are always confronted with the reality of our human condition. We all know that many our resolutions to change often end in failure. That is, when fulfilling them relies on our own human efforts. We are prone; it seems, to making wrong choices in the stuff that is daily human life. We sin.
Classical theology speaks of the inclination to sin as “concupiscence”. The Apostle Paul hit the nail right on the proverbial head when he wrote about this universal experience to the early Christians in Rome in the seventh chapter of his letter:
“For I do not do the good I want, but I do the evil I do not want. Now if (I) do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. So, then, I discover the principle that when I want to do right, evil is at hand. For I take delight in the law of God, in my inner self, but I see in my members another principle at war with the law of my mind, taking me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Miserable one that I am! Who will deliver me from this mortal body Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Let’s face it; resolutions can only go so far. There is a force at work in us that we simply cannot overcome on our own; an inclination. It is called sin. Only Jesus Christ can free us from that sin. That is why He alone can truly “make all things new!” - in our own lives and in the world and the universe.
So, as we all cross from one year to the next, let us make our first resolution to behold His face, wounded by love, as his mother did. This encounter is so beautifully portrayed in the “Passion of the Christ”. Along with all your resolutions, go see this film, it will be released on Ash Wednesday (how appropriate) and it will be a highlight of the New Year.
Let us hear those words of extraordinary hope and promise and invite Him to live within us. Let us allow the Savior to take up residence in our hearts and in our homes, so that we can indeed begin again.
Happy New Year!
Deacon Keith Fournier is a married Roman Catholic Deacon, with five children and one grandchild. He also serves the Melkite Greek Catholic Church with approval. He is a human rights lawyer and a graduate of the John Paul II Institute of the Lateran University, Franciscan University of Steubenville and the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law. He is a co-founder of the “Your Catholic Voice Movement” and the founder of “Common Good”.
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