At some point in our lives, each of us will experience moments of transformation. These are moments when something we couldn’t understand before begins to make sense to us. It is when a person we hardly knew becomes a life-long friend. It is when we encounter God in such a way that our lives are never the same. If transformation really happens, we become new in some way.
Watch the following short clips from the movie, “Hook,” starring Robin Williams as Peter Pan. In the film, Peter Pan has grown up to be a big-time lawyer. When Captain Hook kidnaps Peter’s children, he must return to Neverland, work with the Lost Boys, and remember how to be Peter Pan again in order to save his children. In these dinner scenes, Peter is challenged by the Lost Boys’ use of imagination and discovers again how to use his own.
In the first clip, we can see that Peter is frustrated by the experience of an imagination feast. Then Rufio, a leader among the Lost Boys, provokes him even further. In the second clip, we see a Peter who is transformed. He is able to imagine. The empty plates have become food. The once very serious lawyer is even able to enjoy the fun and chaos of a food fight. When Rufio throws the coconut at Peter and he slices it in midair, he and the Lost Boys realize he has been truly transformed.
For individual or family reflection:
Over the course of these two clips, Peter transforms from stuffy lawyer to youthful hero.
- What do you think the Lost Boys did to help Peter experience transformation?
- What did Peter do that helped him experience transformation?
- Do you think it is possible to experience transformation if you are closed to it?
- Can it happen whether you like it or not?
- Or will it only happen if we are open?
- What area of your life could use a transformation?
- Your faith?
- Your work?
- Your habits?
- A relationship?
- Your family?
- What could you do to make transformation possible in that area?
Just before the coconut is going to hit Peter, one of the Lost Boys tosses Peter a sword. He totally believed in Peter’s ability to be transformed.
- Do you think we are more capable to experience transformation when other people are supporting us and believing in us?
- Who might encourage transformation in you? Who might you encourage?
In the last moment of the second clip, Peter and all of the Lost Boys are stunned. This is certainly the moment that he became Peter Pan again. Totally transformed.
- Did it seem like it scared him to be transformed?
- Do you find transformation uncomfortable or do you welcome it?
Just for kids:
At the end of the clip, Peter had to be really brave to stop the coconut from hitting him.
- Do you think he was scared?
- I think the Lost Boys helped Peter be brave? Do you have friends that make you brave?
- Jesus is our friend who loves us and believes in us. Does knowing Jesus make you brave?
Read Luke 19:1-11
In this scene, Zacchaeus just wants to get a glimpse of Jesus. So the unpopular tax collector, who was short enough that he couldn’t see
over the gathered crowd, climbed a tree to get a view. But when Jesus reached the tree, Zacchaeus received much more than he anticipated.
Jesus asked him to come down from the tree and to take Jesus into his home for a meal at Zacchaeus’ table. By the end of the story, Zacchaeus is transformed by his encounter with Jesus.
This week, think about transformation. In what ways are you resisting transformation that needs to come to your life? In what ways can you
be open to Jesus’ ability to transform your life? Begin to focus on willingness and openness. How could you invite Jesus to your table and into your life?
Pray (to yourself or with your family) that you would experience transformation in the ways that each of you needs to experience it. Pray that you would be open to new possibilities this Lent.