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Archive for January 13th, 2009

Making God laugh

We watched “Bella” last evening and enjoyed it a good deal. This film was written and directed by Alejandro Gomez Monteverde and shows how new life comes through love and sacrifice. Ah, that sounds commonplace, and, of course, it is. But this is how Christians transform the world. The lead character (Jose`) works in his brother’s restaurant as head chef. Jose` is there in hiding: hiding from the pain and grief he’s suffered, hiding from others and hiding from the shame and disappointment he thinks he’s inflicted upon his family and friends. One day his brother fires a waitress for being late to work and Jose’ is moved to try to help her. This leads to a day which ends up transforming Nina (the waitress) and Jose` himself. There’s lots of emphasis on food and eating here. Table communion, shared meals, bring life. It’s a simple and beautiful story of how giving up yourself is the way to life and peace. Jose’s compassion transforms Nina. And the new Nina, changes Jose’s life . . . forever. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, do it.

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