By Tom Quiner
THE FIRE AND THE MERCY, The Pentecost Musical enters its second weekend.
This is my tenth faith-based production. It begins and ends with Pentecost, with an emphasis on the second chapter of the Acts of the Apostles.
Sandwiched in between are dramatic stories of mercy from Acts and the Gospels, including Stephen’s forgiveness of his executioners; Christ’s forgiveness of Peter for his denials; and Christ’s merciful healing of Mary Magdalene.
Perhaps the most unusual scene is a final goodbye between Jesus and His Mother before his Ascension. I’ve not ever seen something like this dramatized before, but the audience loves it. As one audience wrote to me after the show:
“LOVED, LOVED, LOVED, the piece between Jesus & Mary. I was RIVETED!”
Our faith is beautiful. Christ’s mercy is profound. In this, the ‘Jubilee Year of Mercy’ as proclaimed by Pope Francis, THE FIRE AND THE MERCY brings some of the wonderful stories of mercy alive through the art form of musical theater.
As Saint John Paul the Great said, “Let theater become church.”
That is my goal with THE FIRE AND THE MERCY, The Pentecost Musical.