This year is the celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the release of Bambi. We are all familiar with the basic story of this movie. Bambi is born, he spends some happy, innocent days growing as a faun before his mother is cruelly cut down in the prime of her life, at a time when Bambi himself is fully in need of her guidance and protection. He has to make it on his own to adulthood. As the movie shows, he is successful in growing and maturing and eventually becomes a mature adult male.
This movie in particular is a study of the meek and innocent. Much of the movie is spent detailing the lives of Bambi and his woodland friends as they play and hide and, somehow, survive and make it to adulthood, so that they can rear their own families. As we approach Christmas, many of the themes in this movie can help illuminate the birth of Christ, such as the mother who would give her life for her son, the son who spent much of his time in the company of his friends, and above all, the portrayal of the meek and the innocent in the face of violence. At his trial before Pontius Pilate, Jesus himself says "My kingdom does not belong to this world. If my kingdom did belong to this world, my attendants [would] be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not here." (John 18:36)
A big part of the hope of Christmas is the world it points us to. This is the world of the end times, which the Jewish people fervently anticipated. A time of emancipation from violence at the hands of the Romans. A time of peace when they would be able to worship God in both word and deed, without fear of retribution. A time of great internal, and therefore, external, freedom. A world where the lion would lie down with the lamb, where there would be peace on all God's holy mountain.
We still long for, look for, and pray for this same world.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
O King of all nations and keystone of the Church:
come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
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This blog page is a slightly different type of Advent calendar. Using ornaments, Scripture and poetry for reflection, we journey through the 28 days of Advent 2022 to Christmas morning, and the Incarnation of Christ.