Film Friday: Paddington 2

When Paddington goes looking for a present for his aunt Lucy’s birthday he comes across a pop book of London. He would dearly love his aunt in Peru to see London for herself but he figures this is the next best thing…

The book turns out to be very expensive so Paddington begins working as a window cleaner to try and earn the money. But while doing this he gets embroiled in a robbery and ends up being accused of stealing the very book he is saving up to buy. Here he is in prison on visiting day, when his family the Browns have come to see him…

Wherever Paddington goes he spreads kindness and goodwill. The worst he will ever do is fix someone with a Hard Stare, and things have to pretty bad for him to do that. If he ever does do harm it is purely by accident, as happens here when he takes a job in barbershop…

The various writers of the New Testament encourage us to live kindly. Peter, when urging us to share our faith with others tells us to do so with gentleness and respect. (1 Peter 3 v 16) Earlier in this letter he suggests that, ‘You should be known for the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.’ (1 Peter 3 v 4) The avid letter writer Paul advises that we be kind to one another, tender-hearted and forgiving. Just as Jesus has been with us. (Ephesians 4 v 32) This is counter cultural, going against the grain of today’s gritty life. Most likely considered to be naïve. We live in a kind of blame age, where much of life is darkly seasoned with the urge to look for culprits and point fingers at others. Paddington lives differently, and in doing so, helps others do the same. So many folks have loved this film, and made comments about how it makes you feel that perhaps the world is not such a bad place after all. I’m sure Jesus would love this film, Paddington just can’t help making life better with his outlook and actions. Jesus made life so much sweeter for so many of those he met, and continues to do so today. Sure he gave plenty of hard stares – but that was to folks who wanted to make life worse. Jesus came to rescue us from the urge to do that. I hope I manage at least one or two Paddington moments this coming New Year.

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