Pass It On: Father Gabriel (Character in The Mission)

By: John Reiter

Posted: November 17, 2021

Category: Daily Devotional

I Corinthians 13:1-3

If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

The Mission. Movie Summary: Jesuit priest Father Gabriel (Jeremy Irons) enters the Guarani lands in South America with the purpose of converting the natives to Christianity. He soon builds a mission, where he is joined by Rodrigo Mendoza (Robert De Niro), a reformed slave trader seeking redemption. When a treaty transfers the land from Spain to Portugal, the Portuguese government wants to capture the natives for slave labor. Mendoza and Gabriel resolve to defend the mission.

“If might is right, then love has no place in the world.”

-Father Gabriel


Loving God, we thank You for the gift of love. There are times when it seems hard to love others and there are times when we wonder why people can’t love one another. Strengthen us to be envoys of Your love, to care for those around us, and to answer Your call to even love our enemies. Forgive us when we try to avoid the difficult work of loving because other ways seem easier. Empower us to reflect Your love for all. Amen.