One of the most moving moments in the film, The Passion, is when Jesus, after falling to the ground, looks to his mother and says, “I am making all things new.” This speaks to the idea of new creation, rebirth and regeneration. It also is an image of the Kingdom of God. Jesus life, death and resurrection secured for us all forgiveness of sins. But, it also inaugurated God’s new reign, which is forever new, the Kingdom of God/Heavens.
In Father Joe the old monk, not long before he dies, has a conversation with his young visitor about change and about “the new”. I can’t help but think he had the Kingdom of God in mind as he spoke:
People are always changing themselves and their world, dear. Very few of the changes are new. We rather confuse change and newness, I think. What is truly new never changes.