Cinema and Faith - The Hunger Games


So I read this book last year. I heard about it from a friend and I finally read it because of the book club I am in. *cough* A.R.K (A Reading Krew) of the Covenant!*cough* The movie came out this past friday. And yes, I was out there waiting in line for the midnight showing.
When I told my mom I was watching this movie, she immediately said "Isn't that movie about people killing each other?" But after reading the book and watching the movie, there are things about THG that relate to our faith, particularly Sacrifice and Standing up against Injustice. Oh yeah there will be spoilers!





Sacrifice
The main character, Katniss Everdeen, volunteers to compete in the Hunger Games to replace her little sister. John 15:13 "No greater love is there than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends." This verse and John 3:16 are probably the most recognized verses in the Bible.
These verses should impact us more since we are in the season of Lent. What better time to think of sacrifice and the preparation for the Ultimate Sacrifice? When are the times when we think of others before ourselves? Do we actually sacrifice our comfort for others? Does what we give up for Lent actually help us get closer to God?
Standing up for Injustice
In the movie, teenagers are dying every year for entertainment. The Capital loves it and the Districts hate it. In the end of the movie Katniss and Peeta Malark, both from the same District, stand up against the Capital and end up winning The Hunger Games. As Catholics we must do the same thing...win The Hunger Games...wait...hold on.
We must take a stand as Catholics against those who oppose the Pro-Life movement and many other Catholic movements. We are always in a struggle against injustice. We must show others our positions in these areas. We must protest these acts of injustice. Not with violence, but with our love.