Monday, April 17, 2006

The Lepers

The opera tells us that Jesus didn't take notice about lepers because he felt exhausted, he seemed tired and annoyed.
However, in the Gospels it is said that Jesus helped a group, but only one came back to say thank you.
In Luke (17, 16-19).We can read : And he fell on his face before his feet, giving thanks. And this was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering, said: Were not ten made clean? And where are the nine? . There is no one found to return and give glory to God, but this stranger. And he said to him: Arise, go thy way; for thy faith hath made thee whole.
In Mark (1:40-41) And there came a leper to him, beseeching him and kneeling down, said to him: If thou wilt thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, having compassion on him, stretched forth his hand and touching him saith to him: I will. Be thou made clean.
Here Jesus has compassion !!! There’s nothing about his tiredness .
The lepers on the scene don’t look thankful, just desperate .The scene is amazing because the lepers seem to break out from the floor everywhere. They overwhelm Jesus, that is shown more human than divine. He shows his Love but It isn’t enough… it seems like He can’t heal them.
The green tone of the scene, wraping all of them, and gives us a feeling of sickness and a nasty smell . I felt touched but a bit dissapointed by Jesus attitude.

Alvaro Ducasse.


At 9:36 AM, Blogger Joe Hammed said...

I thought this was a very powerful scene as well. It really displays the more human side of Jesus which was one of the purposes of the opera. This was one of the main reasons for the phenomenal success of the opera. By portraying Jesus as more human, the people who saw the opera could better identify with Him. Very Good.

At 8:48 PM, Blogger Isabel Teixeira said...

Dear Alvaro ,
You should have in mind the time the film was produced and that its intention is to make people think! This is the time to see how people other people think and respect different opinions!
That´s what makes life so rich!


At 10:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alvaro,I enjoyed your summary of the Opera version of the Lepers scene and how you compared it to the Gospels. I am not familiar with either.

In the movie version, which I just watched on Easter Monday , the Lepers come out of crevices in cliffs, their black rags contrasting with the barren white rocks. They truly look unclean, diseased and fearsome. There is such a number of them that they soon overwhelm Jesus, though he initially tries to touch and heal each one.

Do you think this is the point where Jesus realizes his mission is impossible? What does the Gospel say?

Regards from Canada,


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