Walking Across Egypt
(Square Dog Pictures, 1999)
Scene begins at 01:33:50
Compassion, Mercy, Perseverance
Matthew 25:34-40, James 2:5-8
Set-up: In the movie Walking Across Egypt, a widow named Mattie (Ellen Burstyn) is moved by her pastor's message to care for "the least of these." She reaches out to a 16-year-old boy, Wesley (Jonathan Taylor Thomas), whose parents abandoned him as a baby and who is serving time for stealing a car.
After Mattie visits Wesley at the youth correctional center a couple of times, he breaks out of the center and goes to her house. Thinking he is on leave, she allows him to stay with her. Ultimately, Wesley is apprehended and returned to the center.
As Mattie's compassion for the orphan grows, her adult children, Robert and Elaine, are angered. They insist Mattie stop caring for him.
Scene (show or tell): Elaine argues, "He's an escaped convict. You could be charged with aiding and abetting a criminal."
Mattie snaps, "He's not a criminal, Elaine."1