First off, I want to thank you for the beautiful comments on last Thursday’s post:
I think sometimes we shy away from talking about hard issues, but in the end, those are the ones that need to be talked about the most. And that’s what that post was about. I’ll be posting a video of it later this week.
I’m going to mention something at the beginning of the post tonight, that I’m going to humbly ask you to mull over…and that is: suggestions for Gospel readings for our wedding Mass! Do you have any that stick out to you as really beautiful/about love/appropriate for a wedding ceremony? We’ve already chosen our Old Testament and New Testament readings…now we just need the Gospel! So any suggestions are greatly appreciated, and I figured…who better to ask than my favorite group of people who have walked with me through the entire relationship, and the season leading up to it!
OK — onto the real “meat” of the post!
I’ve been watching The Chosen on Netflix/Amazon Prime. (it’s free)
And I’ve gotta tell you – it is absolutely phenomenal.
Steven and I began watching it in Utah just a week or so ago, and since then we have flown through Season 1 and half of Season 2.
We just can’t get enough.
I don’t know what it is about it, but we’re addicted to the show.
Well…I actually do know what it is: we’re spending time with Jesus…and that’s what’s bringing us back for more again and again.
There’s something so powerful about putting faces and voices and settings and background music to all these familiar Bible stories that we have been hearing our entire lives. It makes it come alive!
And sure, I know that the show has taken a lot of artistic freedom when it comes to certain directorial choices they’ve made, and dialogue they’ve added. But far and away, this show has stuck to “The Book” quite literally. And the actor who plays Jesus, Jonathan Roumie, does an incredible job in his portrayal of such a profoundly significant figure. Roumie, himself, is a devout Catholic — a practicing Greek Orthodox. And he depicts Jesus with such holiness and reverence, yet approachability and personableness.
That’s what this series is doing such a terrific job at: making the Bible approachable.
That’s the sad reality of society today: this is the TikTok generation. We want everything in a 20 second, “snackable” video with cuts every 2 seconds, a snappy opening, and text-on-the-screen graphics…because we’ve lost the ability to focus on something for more that a few minutes at a time.
The Chosen is so artistically and entertainingly illustrating the Bible — and more specifically, Jesus’s life — in a way that is making people want to watch! Whether it’s the beautiful costuming, the breathtaking scenery, the captivating storylines that are woven through the Scriptural text we’re all so familiar with.
I find myself wondering when such-and-such Bible story will be shown? When will we meet the woman at the well? Will we see the Transfiguration? What about the sick person being lowered through the roof?
Though I don’t like they way they’re portraying Matthew, I cannot reccommend The Chosen enough!
In fact, this Sunday was the first Sunday we’ve had since we’ve started watching the series, and during the Gospel reading at church, I found myself actually able to envision the reading, as though it was an episode. I put the characters in a beautiful setting, James and John had faces and voices and personalities. It made the Scriptures come alive.
And that right there, is a great reason unto itself to applaud the series.
Not only have they brought Jesus into people’s living rooms, but The Chosen is bringing the beauty and power of the Scriptures to people who might not pick up a Bible, but are willing to pop on a show on Netflix. And that’s not a judgment statement, because I definitely fall into that camp.
So there you go. Consider this your personal invitation to start watching The Chosen. Like I said, it’s free on Amazon Prime, or they have a Chosen App. Although in mentioning this…I think I’m the late one to the Chosen party here!!
Are you watching it? What do you think? What are your thoughts on how they’re portraying Jesus and Mary? Do you think they’re staying true enough to Scripture?
And lastly…speaking of the Gospels…if you have any suggestions for Steven and my wedding…please don’t be shy!
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