Cinema and Faith - Contagion



So, surprisingly, I got to watch another movie that had just released this past Friday called Contagion. To check out my Spoiler Free review and reflection on the movie, click the link.


How many of you remember SARS or the Swine Flu? Remember all the news reports and wide spread panic about the aforementioned viruses? Contagion follows the rapid progress of an indirect contact transmitted virus that kills within days. It then follows the progress of the medical community’s race to find a vaccine for virus that spreads around the world and various other people struggling to live a panic stricken world. 
Contagion had a multi-leveled plot much like Traffic. You followed the CDC (Center of Diease Control), WHO (World Health Organization), and a family who all have to deal with the pandemic in someway. The pacing was done well allowing you time to get the side of everyone involved in the plot. The acting was great because this movie had a phenomenal cast consisting of Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne, and Marion Cotillard. The music by Cliff Martinez and the cinematography’s use of color does a great job of setting the tone for each scene. Also the editing of the film did a good job in focusing your attention on the spread and the severity of the virus. I enjoyed what the movie accomplishes showing the drama of what could happen if a pandemic were to happen and so I give it 3 out of 5 Straws.
So after watching this film I was struggling to figure out how to relate this to our faith. It wasn’t until watching a video on how a virus can change the world that I knew what to write about. In that video, it explains that a virus can jump from one host to another and can cause a pandemic. The tagline of the film is “Nothing Spreads Like Fear.” and the way that the virus spread was through indirect contact. Now with a virus there is always an index patient, or patient zero, from whom the virus started. When it comes to sin, the devil was patient zero and he spread sin by tempting the Adam and Eve to eat of the Tree of Knowledge. Sin quietly grew into a pandemic, where it would lead to death. In order to rid the world of Sin, Jesus came into the world to free us from sin and death through his sacrifice at the cross. Jesus came into this world to save it and in the same right we are here to change the world through love by the lives we live. One of my favorite saints, St. Jose Maria Escriva, once said “… You must realize now, more clearly than ever, that God is calling you to serve Him in and from the ordinary, secular and civil activities of human life. He waits for us everyday, in the laboratory, in the operating theater, in the army barracks, in the university chair, in the factory, in the workshop, in the fields, in the home and in all the immense panorama of work.”  This basically means 1 Cor 10:31 “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” We directly and indirectly come into contact with different people throughout our lives and a majority of the time, we will be the only scripture that people will ever read. Through your own actions, What do you spread? Is it Love or is it something else? If it’s something else, make that effort to change, and spread Love.