Last night I had occasion to watch the movie Godspell. The movie came out in 1972 when I was eight, but what I remember are the multiple musical theatre productions of the show which I saw as a teen and young adult. I was, last night just as when I was a teen, held transfixed as the character of Jesus led his little group of misfits through the parables. When the partner songs begin at the end of the show with “Long live God” as they carry him away from the cross, being joined with “Prepare ye the way of the Lord,” from the opening of the show I was taken to that thin place! I felt lifted up, I was closer to heaven!
I realize this sounds rather flakey or esoteric, but somehow the combination of the real stories of Jesus, the foolish antics of the disciples as they act them out and misunderstand their meanings, and the music is very affecting! We are led to praise God and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, but not just that. At the same time as we shout, “Long live God!” we need to be preparing the way for the coming of Jesus!