GETTING BEHIND SATAN (Matthew 16:21-27): 31 August 2008 (Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Today’s Readings

A few years ago, I watched a film called “The Exorcism of Emily Rose.”  I expected a full-blown horror movie in the tradition of other Exorcist movies, complete with all the scary special effects like 360-degree head turns, shaking beds, and lots of vomiting.  Instead, to my disappointment, with the exception of a few scenes, the movie wasn’t all that scary.  It wasn’t even really a horror movie, strictly speaking, since the scary parts were relegated to flashback scenes.  To my surprise—but pleasant surprise—the film turned out to be a religious movie in disguise; in fact, it turned out to be a deeply moving and spiritual experience.