We saw the new film, “Les Miserables” last night. Criticize Russell Crowe’s portrail of Detective Javert all you want, but I’ve not been to a movie with such emotional impact in a long time. The story anchors strong on the rock of hope God’s love makes possible.
It’s caked with the soggy clay of our human condition. You know, our easy slide toward corruption. And it’s layered with the beauty and strength of God’s love lavishly poured out on people like you and me.
An early scene sets the direction of the cause-and-effect of grace to follow. Jean Valjean finds surprise sanctuary in the home of a bishop. As a former prisoner, Valjean’s found it impossible to get work, so in the middle of the night he succumbs to vice and makes off with a full shoulder-bag of the priest’s silverware.
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