55 C.S. Lewis, Lust and the whispering Lizard (The Great Divorce)

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Within C.S. Lewis’ ‘The Great Divorce’ is a profound story about a man, a lizard and an angel. Enter the real struggle of temptation, attachment and the exhilaration of being set free!

Excerpt from episode

“…Firstly, note the sheer resistance the Ghost had to allowing God to burn the lizard off. While the lizard represents the man’s attachment to lust, I want to suggest the lizard stands for any attachment or idol or habit that has grasped and possessed us and taken away our freedom. From my pastoral experiences, we all have a Big Sin that seems to have its tentacles firmly around us. But! The stranger thing is, at least part of us is actually quite happy being trapped by it. Look at our Ghost character… how many reasons and justifications he came up with to keep his sinister companion. Most of us, I wager, are like him, and like St Augustine praying about his lust, says to the Lord “Lord, make me pure, but not yet.” But not yet. Friends, one of the greatest obstacles to being free from any sin is that we suffer from this “manana” syndrome. Manana is a Spanish word for ‘tomorrow’ , and it is something Ignatius refers to a lot… that we are somehow duped int believing that grace is only available tomorrow, and that tomorrow will be the actual start of a fresh new beginning. No. Grace can only be received today… and in fact God can only be encountered today. The flaw with tomorrow-itis that tomorrow, tomorrow-itis will strike again. The only way we can be free, is to resolve to receive the grace given today. After all, we pray for daily bread, not bread for a lifetime.”

Soundtracks used this episode:
“In the Beginning” (Hans Zimmer, The Bible), and various covers of
“Schala’s theme (Yasunori Mitsuda, Chrono Trigger)
“Rosa’s theme (Nobuo Uematsu, Final Fantasy IV)”