Preaching HUGO

I’m just sitting down to write my sermon on the academy award winning film Hugo.  I plan on weaving the following quotes from the book into the message;

“And there was a kind of satisfaction in knowing how to climb through the walls [of the train station] and secretly repair the clocks without anyone seeing him.”  P 126, The young clock-master Hugo in, The Invention of Hugo Cabret.  (I wonder if God feels a similar kind of stealthy satisfaction.)

“When he saw them from above [looking down on the crowds in the railway station] he always thought the travelers looked like cogs in an intricate, swirling machine. But up close, amid the bustle and the stampede, everything just seemed noisy and disconnected.” Page 142.  (Surely God sees this same way.)

“You know, machines never have any extra parts. They have the exact number and type of parts they need. So I figure if the entire world is a big machine, I have to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason too.” Hugo, page 378

Staring at the broken down automaton, Hugo heard a voice, “Fix it.”   “He could have sworn he heard a voice whispering in his ear. He looked for his uncle, but the room was empty. Hugo didn’t know if it was his own thoughts, or if it was a ghost, but he had heard it clearly. “Fix it”  Page 131

“The machine was so intricate, so complicated, that he almost got dizzy looking at it. Even in its sad state of disrepair, it was beautiful”  Hugo reacting to the rusted, broken Automaton, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, p117

2 thoughts on “Preaching HUGO

  1. Anonymous

    So true Pam. Just like every other paradox of the faith. The truth is always a bit of, and all of, both. 🙂

  2. pam

    I’ve also thought about the quote on p 142 in relationship to predestination vs. human choice. Whatever we believe about predestination, the truth is, in the “bustle and the stampede” we are most aware of our own choices – that is where we live.

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