The History Channel’s The Bible series was watched by lots of people. I enjoyed most of it. There is only so much that can be covered in the time they had. Obviously, they left a lot out. I thought some of what they left out could have been covered. For example, at Pentecost, the disciples spoke in other languages, but they were not shown talking that way to the public. And it didn’t show how the public thought they were drunk. There was nothing shown about the Roman guards at the tomb of Jesus or the angels that were there, the road to Emmaus, etc. Despite all they left out, it was still an interesting program to watch.
I liked that the show demonstrated the humanity of the disciples pretty well. Even with Jesus staring them in the face they still acted human. They were in the direct presence of Jesus for three years, but they were not groveling on the ground or prostrating themselves the entire time. Sometimes they were scared, or they fell asleep, or they had a bad attitude, or they were apathetic, etc. This is just like we are today, even in the real presence of Christ we have good days and bad days. Followers of Jesus are not perfect. Jesus is perfect.
Knowing my humanity, I try my best to do this when I go to Mass:
– I listen carefully to the Scriptures and the sermon.
– I’m mindful of the fact that I am about to encounter the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ and receive Him into my whole self, body and soul. (“This is my body, this is my blood.”)
– I remember how the disciples fell asleep after Jesus asked them to pray with Him.
– I remember how Thomas doubted until he saw the wounds on the living Christ and then said, “My Lord and my God.”
-I remember that Jesus said to Thomas, “You see me and you believe. Blessed are those who have not seen, yet still believe.”
– I remember how Peter denied even knowing Jesus and then repented.
– I remember that all the heavenly saints and angels are also worshiping at this Mass and every Mass.
– I think about how Mass is constantly being said at some point on Earth at all hours of every day and how this links us to each other and to Heaven.
-I remember that there is faith, hope and love, and that the greatest of these is love.
-I remember that God is love, that Jesus is love in flesh and blood, and that I am there to receive that flesh and blood.
-I remember that we are what we eat, so I need to let Christ nourish me and change me into God’s love.