2014 Lenten Devotional – “40 Days of Disney” – Day 28
Song #13 – “Something There” – Beauty And The Beast
While the Broadway rendition of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” gave the second title character several powerful ballads, in the animated film, “Something There” was the only chance the Beast had to reveal some of his inner character through song. The duet is a lighthearted journey through the evolution of Beast’s character and the effects the tender-hearted bell has on his attitude.
In one of the most touching lines of all Disney musicals, the Beast sings, “She glances this way, I thought I saw, and when we touched she didn’t shudder at my paw.” Here is a man who is literally viewed as a monster, and yet Belle had the compassion in her heart to not only tend to his wounds, but physically touch him in so doing, probably the first human touch he has felt in years. Jesus encounters this situation time and time again, every time he cleanses a woman with a questionable past or heals a leper who has been labeled unclean and literally untouchable by religious law. In fact, Jesus responds to the first leper he encounters the following way, “Jesus reached out his hand, touched him, and said, ‘I do want to. Be clean.'” (Mark 1: 41, CEB). As Christians, we would do well to reach out to those people we have allowed our strict obedience to religious standards to label “unclean,” and touch them with the reminder that they are beloved children of God.
Compassionate Healer, give us the courage to embrace all people in your loving name, believing that no matter how our culture feels, you would never desire for any of your children to be disinherited, outcast, or rejected. Amen.