Monday, April 14, 2014

Jesus of Nazareth - The Film

                                           (Wikimedia Commons)

During Easter week, Elliot and I like to watch the film Jesus of Nazareth. A 1977 British-Italian mini-series co-written and directed by Franco Zeffirelli, starring Robert Powell as Jesus. The story of his life is told in a simple and straightforward way by an all-star cast. There is no attempt at sensationalism.  "The story, in all its simplicity is allowed to make its own impact." (William Barclay, author of Jesus of Nazareth)

Last night after watching the film, I woke up in the middle of the night recalling a scene from the movie. Judas was talking to Jesus by the light of the campfire. He thought he knew the answer to Jesus being accepted as the Messiah. He only needed a hearing with the Sanhedrin to convince them of the truth. Jesus' eyes had as much impact as his words in that moment. Judas you are thinking with your head.  Think, with your heart.  

I was reminded of how Judas unlike the other disciples had no trade, but was a learned man who could read and write. He was ruled by the power of the intellect.  When the truth was finally revealed to Judas, he couldn't live with the deception, and took his own life, before he could witness the victory of the resurrection. 

It got me to thinking about how often I try to solve things with my own head and not my heart, yielding to the wisdom of Divine Love.

If you'd like to see this remarkable film, it's available on and there are clips on youtube.

Love and blessings,