I saw the children’s film, Home, today, with my goddaughter and her family. Perhaps because we are in Holy Week, I made a connection to the Passion and of giving up our lives for those we love. The film is heartwarming in places, with a strong female protagonist and a purple critter called a Boov, taking top spots. The Boov named Oh is not popular amongst his community, and has made many mistakes that have alienated him. In fact, the premise of the movie is that he has made an error that puts everyone’s lives in jeopardy.
Tip is the bold and brave daughter in search of her beloved mother. She has honour and calls forth in Oh his very best self. Isn’t that what Christ does in us? Doesn’t he draw forth the gifts that are needed to help this world? An odd friendship develops in the film between these two characters. For some reason, as I type this, I think of Jesus and the woman at the well. Two very different people connect and something magnificent transpires.
Oh becomes enlightened during the course of the film on relationships. When he finally understands what is entailed with being a true friend, he shines brightly. He discovers his courage and his purpose. He does the right thing and in doing so is ready to give up his life for Tip.
Jesus is our model this week about many issues but one of them is how he is ready to give up his life for both his friends and his enemies. It is not easy to put our lives on the line even for those we love. How much harder is it to do so for those who hate us? Is there someone that you would give your life for? Is there a cause–a greater good–that would make you courageous enough to do the right thing, even if it meant your life was in danger? Holy Week is about sacrifice. As we approach the cross, what is it that we contemplate? The road Home is rarely a straight one. The twists and turns can leave us confused and frightened like poor Oh, or defiant and hopeful like Tip. Choose your partners for the Via Dolorosa. Either way, there is hope for transformation along the path.