This is the final piece of a series on The Passion of the Christ adapted lightly from a paper written as part of my M.Div. In the original paper it was 2 short sections but I combined them here to be a more standard post length and since the two themes are related.
Son of Mary
Unsurprisingly with Gibson’s Catholic faith, the movie has a strong role for Mary, and thus I would say that Jesus is also defined heavily in terms of being Mary’s son. While Mary is not a central part of the biblical account of the crucifixion, and even less central in most Protestant renderings, she was arguably the second most important character throughout the film. She first appears having woken up in the middle of the night, knowing that something has happened to her son. It evidently does not take her long to figure out what that was as she is next seen at the trial, and she remains consistently appearing in each stage of the trial, torture, and execution for the rest of the movie.
Interestingly, there seems to be somewhat of a divide between the men and women in the crowd as Jesus is presented as a friend to women – something true to Scripture – in general and not just his mother.