Fr Hugh’s Homily for 3rd Sunday of Easter
There is that moment in films where one side of the couple takes the glasses off the other and then suddenly realises the other person is beautiful. It has to be said it is often the man taking the glasses off the girl, though you could count Lois Lane taking the glasses off Clark Kent a move in the opposite direction. But this is all part of how we portray what is beautiful in people. We have possibly taken the idea of ‘how people should look’ to an extreme now, and it is a very superficial view. In ‘The Elephant Man’ film, the make-up to get John Hurt looking almost inhuman as an elephant man to many people took seven hours to apply each time. During the film a couple do take him in but he is regularly put on show by others who use him to make money and at one point in the film he shouts out: ‘”I am not an elephant! I am not an animal! I am a human being! I … am … a … man!” Fortunately today we have got beyond walking round Bedlam to look at those with mental illnesses, or watching executions for pleasure, but there is still an element within us or among us that cannot help staring at what we think is odd, or people we think are different, or even commiserating with people because they are with someone who seems ‘different.’…..