Contrary to popular beliefs, we Catholics aren’t a bunch of followers like the Pipe Piper story.Â Contrary to what the internet led you to believe, we are not going to starve ourselves to death to protest the movie.Â It is just another day, another movie.The last movie I watched in a cinema was The Fantastic Four.Â Before that, it was The Incredibles.Â So, yeah, all movies are dictated by the kids.Â I won’t spend Â so much money, getting stressed out in cinemas popping pop-corn, drinking coke, worry if my toddler is suddenly going to scream and embarass me or my two older kids are going to kick each other and accidentally kick the head of the front row patron instead.
Movie review!!!! – this is a just a reasonably watchable, run-of-the-mill pseudo thriller-drama thingy that DRAGS and BORES for the first half, wakes up a little when McKellen comes into the show, and ends on a slightly higher note that comes two hours too late to make the movie memorable.
If anyone tries to tell me that like the book, it’s the best movie ever made, I’ll throw the book at him, and then make him eat EVERY SINGLE PAGE without any water to wash it down, AND stuff my ticket stub up his nostrils.
(stolen from here)
With the above movie review, I know I won’t have to wonder anymore.Â I shall just wait patiently for Unka Ho.Â Just like Passion of Christ, I only watched it one Good Friday, a year later.
(from here on, it is religious stuffs, caution : may bore you so you are excused to jump to the comment section, poof!)
So, if you are a Christian, and especially a Catholic Christian, are you going out of your way to see what’s the hype about?Â I think at this moment, it is good for us to examine our conscience.Â Let’s reflect silently and see how we can uphold the glory of God. Â I would like to share a few things here:
Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. 15Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 16Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 17Their teaching will spread like gangrene.Â (2Tim2)
In fact, both letters of St. Paul to Timothy have so much impact on me these days and I would like to urge every one of us to reflect on it.Â (sorry, I am still without my contact lenses and have difficulties finding all the chapters and verses right now LOL) Let me sum up what I feel is so true.Â St. Paul has urged the followers of Christ not to argue with each other because our arguments will only cause the unbelievers to lose faith.Â St. Paul also said that when it comes to the end times (end of the world), people will start leaning towards fables and myths and old wives tales.
(in the below quotes, it is St. Paul, the apostle of Jesus Christ, writing to Timothy, a young man.Â St, Paul was in prison and he was instructing Timothy on how to carry on.Â These are the letters written to Timothy.Â But it also applies to us Christians as we are also bear the responsibility of building the Kingdom.)
1The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.
6If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, brought up in the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. 7Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. (1Tim4)
Finally, let us realise that The Da Vinci Code does make an impact on us Christians, no matter how we try to brush it off. Â People can choose to laugh at our Lord and us too.Â Are we going to join them in standing by the side, hiding the fact that it is our Lord that is being potrayed in this fiction of a movie?Â Or are we going to speak the truth?Â We are called to be peaceful, kind and loving.Â But then, that doesn’t mean that we should take everything lying down.
6For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. Â 8So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord,Â Â (2Tim1)
So, are you going to the cinema?Â Who wants to sponsor me ticket?Â Preferably with a male social escort, puhleez.Â The ‘no-string-attached, paid by the hour kind’.Â One lover’s seat, please.Â LOL.