“IT IS ACCOMPLISHED!”
THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST
by Ray Comeau
Part Two Part
also finds one other arresting image throughout the movie, a
seductive, malevolent face, the face of Satan. It is a
visual symbol of separating, attacking, ego thoughts that
keep us from experiencing the awareness of the truth of who
before that the ego vacillates between suspiciousness and
viciousness. It remains suspicious as long as you despair
of yourself. It shifts to viciousness when you decide not
to tolerate self-abasement and seek relief. T-9.V111.2:7-9
literally, gives a face to evil. The face of evil first
appears in Gethsemane, where Jesus is being assailed with
thoughts of doubt and fear. Fear is seductive, tempting, it
rushes in when we are vulnerable. Satan even manifests a
snake, reminding us of the temptation in the Garden of Eden,
to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and
evil, this or that, either/or, choosing one
conflicting thought over another.
end of the movie, just after Jesus exclaims, “Father, into
your hands I commend my spirit,” the shrieking face
of evil dissolves, experiencing its worst fear, that it will
be found out as being the nothingness that it is,
disappearing before the majesty of the love of God.
when you see Jesus, What sayest thou? Do you project
the ego’s raucous shrieks and senseless ravings,
crucifying yourself, and Jesus?
(T-21.V.2:6) Or do
you stand still for a moment, ask the Holy Spirit for help,
and remember that you are the Holy Son of God, and see your
own reflection in the face of Jesus? Can you go past all
the raucous shrieks and sick imaginings of the ego?
requires great determination and perseverance. Even Peter
who was with Jesus for so long denied him thrice.
Judas was tempted for 30 pieces of silver. Those in
the throng demanding his crucifixion and lining the way to
Golgotha had welcomed Jesus with Hosannas on Palm Sunday,
only five days before.
And the multitudes that went before, and that followed,
cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he
that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
It is your
and critics have recoiled against the unrelenting violence
and brutality of the movie, relieved only by a handful of
flashbacks: a young Jesus, playfully joking with his
mother, the Sermon on the Mount, the Last Supper, saving
Mary Magdalene from the mob, and, finally, the brief
resurrection scene. The focus is on the brutal thugs
scourging Jesus. Once again, the point is missed. These
thugs are easy targets—stout, beefy, brawny, beating Jesus
with such zeal, and even laughter. When we project our
scorn on them, here is the reminder: Let him who is not
crucifying himself, cast the first stone, brandish the first
It can be but myself I crucify.
When this is firmly understood and kept
in full awareness, you will not attempt
to harm yourself, nor make your body slave
to vengeance. You will not attack yourself,
and you will realize that to attack
another is but to attack yourself.
You will be free of the insane belief
that to attack a brother saves yourself.
And you will understand his safety is
your own, and in his healing you are healed.
Thus do you also teach your mind that you
are not an ego. For the ways in which
the ego would distort the truth will not
deceive you longer. You will not believe
you are a body to be crucified.
And you will see within today's idea
the light of resurrection, looking past
all thoughts of crucifixion and of death,
to thoughts of liberation and of life.
ourselves by maintaining an awareness of ego conflict,
thinking that only this or that is real,
this pain, or that cessation of pain, forgetting
that only the awareness of the peace of God is real. By
projecting our scorn onto the thugs, we forget that we are
only crucifying ourselves. In this respect, no one lining
the road to Golgotha is innocent. Even though they are not
brandishing whips, they believe they are bodies, aware only
of their separating thoughts, thus crucifying themselves.
In his total
surrender, Jesus recognizes his accomplishment, and he
experiences resurrected mind. Then he says, “Father, into
your hands I commend my spirit.” The empty tomb simply
represents resurrected mind.
next moment, he swiftly stands up, his right hand completely
healed with a clean hole running through it, and he strides
through the bright opening of the tomb.
tomb is the enduring symbol for the action of the mind, the
shift from pain to forgiveness, from fear to love, from
crucifixion to resurrection.
End of Part Three
Raymond H. Comeau, Ph.D.
God, Endeavor Academy