Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ will be aired on Palm Sunday, April 13 on UP TV. This is the first time this film (edited-for-television) will be shown on commercial television and coincides with the founding of UP TV (formerly the Gospel Music Channel) a decade ago.
I remember seeing the movie with my oldest son and one of his friends in the theater. As a mother, the most heart-wrenching segment was Jesus’ meeting with his mother on the way to Calvary. That scene is forever burned in my memory.
The most touching scene for me is again, with Jesus and Mary, when Jesus builds a table. Since I have two sons, the interaction between the mother and son resonated within me.
This film is not the typical biblical movies that I grew up with in the fifties. In June 2006, Entertainment Weekly named The Passion of the Christ #1 on its list of The 25 Most Controversial Movies of All Time. There’s a lot of blood and gore and the characters speak in reconstructed Aramaic and Latin something that would never have been done when the first biblical movies were being made.
If you have never seen this film, I highly recommend doing so.
Here is more information about UP TV and the channels where it is available:
UP, America’s favorite network for uplifting entertainment is a 24-hour television network that provides high-quality, diverse, family-friendly programming, including original and premiere movies, theatricals, drama and comedy series, music and holiday specials. UP can be seen in 67 million homes in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) on cable systems including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Charter and Cox Communications as well as DIRECTV (Channel 338), DISH Network (Channel 188) and Verizon FIOS (Channel 224). As part of its mission to entertain and uplift, the network’s pro-social initiative “Uplift Someone” reminds and inspires people to do simple acts of kindness. UP is also a service provider to its sister network ASPiRE. Based in Atlanta, UP is a division of UP Entertainment, LLC, which also offers gMovies, the first faith-friendly streaming movie service.
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