THE GOSPEL WITHOUT WORDS

More important than the Gospel written in words is the Gospel without words. The Gospel without words was preached through his bloody wounds on the road from the Crucifixion to the Resurrection. The evil we did to him opened the mouth of God. His bloody wounds are the mouth of God. Witness the truth by watching the traffic through his bloody wounds. What passed through his bloody wounds and, more importantly, what did not? What are his bloody wounds trying to tell us? What do they say?

HIS BLOODY WOUNDS ARE THE MOUTH OF GOD. "Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4)The good news of great joy was preached to us through his bloody wounds. By his bloody wounds we are healed (Isaiah 53:5) (1 Peter 2:24)Witness the truth by watching the traffic through his bloody wounds. Buckets of blood spilled through the wounds that our evil opened in his body but not a drop - not a drop - of his love for us followed the blood through the wounds and out of his body. His most Sacred Heart stayed filled to the brim with love for us. Because his most Sacred Heart stayed filled to the brim with love for us, Jesus was able to say "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do" Luke 23:34

 

The truth that illuminates the darkness of our understanding of God in a glorious burst of epiphany passed from the Crucifixion on the near side of his bloody wounds, through his bloody wounds, to the Resurrection on their far side.

 

THE EVIL WE DID TO HIM OPENED THE MOUTH OF GOD 

In the Crucifixion on the near side of his bloody wounds, we shouted our sharp questions at him with lash, thorns, nails and spear. "Who are you, Jesus?" "Identify yourself!" "Friend or foe?" The evil we did to him opened the mouth of God. The mouth of God is His bloody wounds. "Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God" Matthew 4:4The good news of great joy was preached to us through his bloody wounds. By his bloody wounds we are healed Isaiah 53:5 1 Peter 2:24. Through his bloody wounds, He answered us. Thankfully, he did not respond to our sharp questions in kind Isaiah 55:8-9. He changed the tone of the conversation 1 Kings 19:11-13. The truth that illuminates the darkness of our understanding of God in a glorious burst of epiphany passed from the Crucifixion on the near side of his bloody wounds, through his bloody wounds, to the Resurrection on their far side. Witness the truth by watching the traffic through his bloody wounds. BUCKETS OF BLOOD POURED THROUGH THE WOUNDS THAT OUR EVIL OPENED IN HIS BODY. ON A CATARACT OF BLOOD HIS VERY LIFE ITSELF WAS CARRIED OUT OF HIS BODY John 15:13. BUT, NOT A DROP - NOT A DROP - OF HIS LOVE FOR US FOLLOWED HIS BLOOD THROUGH HIS WOUNDS AND OUT OF HIS BODY. HIS MOST SACRED HEART STAYED FILLED TO THE BRIM WITH LOVE FOR US. Because his most sacred heart stayed filled to the brim with love for us, Jesus was able to say "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do" Luke 23:34. Jesus's whispered answer to our sharp questions was that he was "our friend not our foe - our almighty lover." Our friend does not want to hurt us. He wants to help us as we make our escape through the Valley of Tears, across the Red Sea of Death, and into the Kingdom of God.