Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Jesus video

We checked out a video from our parish library this afternoon. The series is called "Jesus--A Kingdom Without Frontiers," and the particular one we checked out was "Jesus Feeds the Multitudes."

The story is fairly standard fare for any Christian children's video -- it is an amazing miracle, and is easy to retell for children. The crowds were hungry, Jesus miraculously fed them, and everyone was happy.

What has always bothered me is that the story doesn't end there.

For the FIRST TIME that I've ever seen on a children's video, they actually linked the story of Jesus feeding the multitudes with His "Bread of Life" sermon, where He shocks everyone by saying not only that He is the Bread of Life, but that we are to eat His flesh and drink His blood. It showed that the same people who were singing His praises and ready to proclaim Him as King the day before were horrified and shocked when He actually came out and made such a statement the very next day. The video pulls no punches, and you see the vast majority of the crowd turn away. It ends with Jesus turning to St. Peter, and asking him if he were planning on leaving too, and St. Peter replying, "Where would we go, Lord? You have the words of eternal life."

I suppose since it was a video (rather than just reading the account in John 6), it really helped me to see better that Jesus performs the miracle, but commissions His apostles (bishops/priests) to take it to the people to feed them... as we experience every Sunday at Mass. It was through their hands that the people were fed.

I'm so thankful we had the opportunity to watch this video... we'll hopefully have some great discussions with Daddy tomorrow.

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