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During Lent and Easter, many Christians contemplate the ultimate sacrifice by Jesus for us. He took on our sins and died so that we might be able to join Him in heaven. As Christians, we are called to follow Him including the need to sacrifice for others. The question we need to ask on a regular basis is “What would you do for the people in your life?” And that is at the heart of the movie, The Promise.
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What Would You Do for People in Your Life?
When thinking about all the people in your life, do you have a hierarchy of importance?
Some may consider that a silly question in a way. Of course, we do!
Family members and close friends are the ones most likely to receive our attention and goodwill. However, that list can change over time as we forge new connections in life and others fade away through death or changes in life circumstances.
In every family, there are issues of discontent. Living in close proximity, you are likely to have people getting on your nerves. And, of course, those closest to you know all your buttons and when to push them for a reaction!Sibling squabbles are
Sibling squabbles are present, but get put aside if someone from outside your family attacks one of your own. I’ve seen this in my own home where boys can fight each other like mad. But, those same brothers will join together to take on that outsider.
Close friends are another group where you often have a strong bond. Some of those friends may even become like a family member to you.
These are the people you’d go to bat for when the going gets tough.
However, when you think more about those people would you be ready to show the greatest love as Christ taught. (John 15:12-14)
This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command you.
Would you be ready to lay down your life for them?
Important People in My Life
Like others, my family and close friends are important to me.
However, I sometimes wonder if push came to shove and I had to choose my life or theirs which decision I would make.
This question is something I’ve contemplated at different points in my life. When a relationship has become strained, I would think about how my life would be different if that person were to die. The usual internal response for me showed how strong the bonds are and that I really wouldn’t want to see them die.
The people for whom there is no question of my actions are my boys. The bond between a parent and child is strong and years of watching them grow and blossom just strengthens it.
The relationship with a spouse is another one where sacrifices are continual. We are called to die to self on a daily basis for them as we fulfill our ‘job’ of helping them grow spiritually and prepare for heaven.
About The Promise
It is 1914. As the Great War looms, the mighty Ottoman Empire is crumbling. Constantinople, the once vibrant, multicultural capital on the shores of the Bosporus, is about to be consumed by chaos.
Michael Boghosian (Oscar Isaac), arrives in the cosmopolitan hub as a medical student determined to bring modern medicine back to Siroun, his ancestral village in Southern Turkey where Turkish Muslims and Armenian Christians have lived side by side for centuries.
Photo-journalist Chris Myers (Christian Bale), has come here only partly to cover geo-politics. He is mesmerized by his love for Ana (Charlotte le Bon), an Armenian artist he has accompanied from Paris after the sudden death of her father.
When Michael meets Ana, their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between the two men. As the Turks form an alliance with Germany and the Empire turns violently against its own religious and ethnic minorities, their conflicting passions must be deferred while they join forces to survive even as events threaten to overwhelm them.
Promises are made and promises are broken. The one promise that must be kept is to live on and tell the story.
THE PROMISE is directed by Academy-Award winner Terry George (Hotel Rwanda, Hart’s War). It will be in theaters beginning on April 21, 2016. You can read about the special Vatican screening on Variety.