The Autobiography of God
Are you privy to the conversation between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection?
The Crucifixion was our harsh interrogation of him. In the Crucifixion, we shouted our harsh questions at him with lash, thorns, nails and spear. "Identify yourself!" we demanded of him in the Crucifixion. "Who are you?" we asked. "Friend or foe?" (Judges 12:4-6)
"Friend," he responded.
Through his bloody wounds, he communicated his gentle answer to our harsh questions. The good news of great joy was preached to us through his bloody wounds. His bloody wounds are the mouth of God.
"Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4).
Witness the truth by watching the traffic through his bloody wounds.
Through the wounds that our evil opened, buckets of blood poured from his body. On a cataract of blood, his most precious possession - that which is most dear to all of us - his very life itself was carried through his wounds out of his body. Yet, not a drop - not a drop - of his love for us followed his blood through his wounds out of his body. His most sacred heart stayed filled to the brim with love for us.
He clung to his love for us, held tight and refused to let it go even though we tortured and killed him. He clung to his love for us with the iron grip of the drowning man who clings to a life preserver in the stormy sea after his ship is sunk. His love for us did not fade as we tortured him and did not die when we killed him. The evil we did to him did not extinguish the bonfire of love that burns for us in his most sacred heart or reduce its intensity by even the slightest degree. His love for us survived the evil we did to him.
Rejoice and be glad because our God is head over heels in love with us (Psalm 8:4-8) (Isaiah 55:8-9).
The pressure that our evil put on him to relinquish his love for us was most extreme. We turned the screws on him. Yet, he refused to capitulate to the pressure. He refused to cave in. He refused to yield or surrender. His refusal demonstrates conclusively that his love for us is real. Reality is dependable. We can depend on the reality of his love for us (Matthew 7:9-11). His love for us is the rock on which the wise build their house (Matthew 7:24-27) (Psalm 18:2)
"By his wounds you have been healed." (1 Peter 2:24) (Isaiah 53:5)
P.S. The Mass is a re-enactment of the conversation between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection. The pivot around which the Mass revolves is his body and his blood. His body and his blood point us to his wounds. Witness the truth by watching the traffic through his wounds.