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Yes, I’m adding another Fr. Barron commentary — but this time, I’m adding my own thoughts as well.

Watch this short video before reading further.  It’s very brief, and my comments will be even briefer.

I just wanted to add something pertaining to the scene in which Andy (Tim Robbins) plays Mozart for the inmates over the airwaves.  When I first saw this movie, I must admit I was thinking to myself: “Andy, you IDIOT!!!  You spent so much time getting in good with the guards and the warden, and now you are practically putting your own neck into the noose!  What’s up with that?”

But the reason he does this is, ironically, the same reason behind the actions which had endeared him to the prison establishment.  He is not doing this for himself.

Baptism of Jesus Christ

Similarly, Jesus Christ came into this world not to be served, but to serve.  Referring to the fact of St. John the Baptist’s testimony to Him, He said this:

I do not accept testimony from a human being, but I say this so that you may be saved. (John 5:34)

People might easily have reacted to much of what Jesus said and did the same way I initially reacted to Andy Dufresne’s gift of music to his fellow prisoners.  He certainly was not endearing Himself to the political or religious authorities of the time, nor to the masses … nor, for that matter, even those who were among His followers (see John 6: 52-66).

But He was not interested in His own “reputation.”  His sole aim was, and still is, to bring to the light those who walk in darkness.

Similarly, the Church, following Her Master’s example, sometimes preaches things that are unpopular.  When She does this, think of Andy Dufresne and Mozart.  The Church’s goal is not to put people down, limit their enjoyment of life, control every aspect of their lives, or to appear “holier than thou.”

Like any good physician, the Church strives to tell people what they need to hear as opposed to what they might want to hear…even if this means She has to suffer for it.

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