The wicked flee when none pursueth...
Mattie Ross - Production Still
Leaning On The Everlasting Arms
True Grit Production Still - Author Unknown
The final lyrics framing this film are filled with mystery. Leaning on the everlasting arms is all that even the righteous can hope for. This is a challenging message for one whose vocation seeks justice and peace. I do not find this vocation challenged, but the message is that God's peace is only found when we are carried, wounded. Are we all Maggie? Could it be that the best justice we can hope to find is when we are wounded, and in need of healing and redemption? In need of mercy?
I consider the Sacred Heart. The only one of us who could rightly claim innocence in the pursuit of goodness, justice, and right relationship found himself wounded. How can it be different for those of us who, like Maggie, are children of Eve?