about two weekends ago, a young friend who knows my inclination for movies asked me, “What’s your favorite movie, sir?”
i was taken aback with that question, for the nth time. for me to answer that question is to tell someone who’s my favorite child among all my kids. or since i don’t have kids yet, that’s like pointing my favorite student amongst the whole class.
that’s very difficult.
not only to avoid “favoritism” but i enjoy the inherent charateristic of every thing or person, sa playing favorites is really one of the last things i’ll do especially in art.
but i saw she’s waiting for an answer.
so i immediately, without thinking much, gave a top-3 list of those that are closest to my heart.
3rd is Diaz-Abaya’s “Jose Rizal”. then for second i said it would be Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Trilogy” since the 3 installment stands as just one movie story basically. and then my top choice is Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ”.
being the reasonable man that i am, the instinct to explain why i chose those 3 kicked in. and then i realized with amazement , “shocks! those movies all have the same theme - sacrificing oneself for a great love!”
at that moment, my wife butted in. she said, “i will never forget how he defines love in slum notes during high school. in every ‘autograph’ he’d write that love is sacrifice.”
why am i telling you this now?
because i changed.
few days ago i started reading again Rick Warren’s “The Purpose Driven Life” and the gears started rolling in the 3rd chapter of the book, “What Drives Your Life?”
i have heroic blood running through my veins. i used to associate it with being nationalistic, claiming to inherit the will of our martyred Filipino heroes. at my young elementary school age, i know that i live and study and work hard to “change things for the better”.
right, living in a 3rd world country, thete’s pretty much a ton of things that should be changed for the better. well, perhaps i should start with my family’s financial/social status. then my educational status. then to help better the governance and economy of this country. and so on and so forth.
a lot of things, indeed. but i have resolved that i’ll do whatever it takes - give everything i have to make such improvements in those things. it doesn’t matter how difficult they are, i believed i was made for those things.
i felt that.
which is why whenever i watch Cesar Montano’s portrayal of Rizal and Christian Bale’s Batman, i am easily moved into tears. i feel them. i feel their great love for many things around them - so great they are betting everything they’ve got - the very lives they have, even.
and what about Jim Caviezel’s portrayal of Jesus? well that is the epitome of everything i’ve been mentioning.
but where’s the change in me?
before, i’d probably put the 3 stories in the same category. now, not anymore.
Rizal and Batman gave everything they’ve got… but never achieved much. look, if Rizal were alive today, how much satisfied you think he will be?
Jesus was the only one who really “changed things forever”.
Rizal and Batman, and the rest of the humanrace with the same inclination as i am, fought and keeps on fighting the corruption of ideas and institution that are like weeds in the field. you burn them to the ground and you’ll see them sprouting again. without end.
Jesus did not attack the surface. He died to attack and end the cause once and for all - sin. sin is what causes corruption of all things.
i used to think that education and ideals can change things, but they can’t. well, in the human aspect, yes, they can. but in the greater sphere beyond personal lives - it can’t.
it just can’t.
this is what i realized today:
OUR BEST REASON AND STRONGEST WILL CANNOT MATCH IN TOE-TO-TOE OUR GREATEST TEMPTATION.
think about that. isn’t that the root cause of every corruption?
that’s the power of sin against us!
there is only One solution to that…
and that’s been nailed already.
my phone may have died on me but i came home to a good news! yehey!!! Ü
#forthegloryofGod (at Mark and Lan’s Apartment)
receiving this email definitely counts as one of my great blessings for today…
this is God reminding me that He can use me to bless people.
to Him be all the glory and praise!
always read the Scripture with awe!
#Mark6:1-6 (at Las Piñas Bamboo Organ)
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