So while watching The Mission recently the thought occurred to me, after watching DeNiro’s character lug up that huge bundle of armor as his penance, that perhaps the Protestants have it right?
Was it really necessary for him to do that?
Don’t you think Jesus was saying, “Dear Son, your sins were forgiven when you received absolution from the priest at Confession. This penance you imposed upon yourself was completely unnecessary. I already did that for you.”
Now, I get that even after our sins are forgiven we must “make it up” by doing penance. (Like the little boy who breaks a window still has to pay for it, even if the owners have forgiven him.)
But, I can’t help feeling that God looked at DeNiro’s character’s horrible struggle to get the bundle up the mountain as unnecessary.