Punctuation Marks: Turning Question marks into Exclamation marks

From our perspective, the bloody wounds with which we punctuated his body were question marks. Our God was a stranger to us. We did not know the answer that he would give us to the evil that we did to him. From Jesus’s perspective, the bloody wounds with which we punctuated his body were exclamation marks. They are badges of forgiveness. His answer to the evil that we did to him was asymmetric - radically asymmetric. He forgave us. We tortured and killed him. He suffered and died. Yet, he poured the sweet elixir of forgiveness into the boiling pot into which we baptized him in evil.

The position of prominence in the showcase of Christianity belongs to the Stigmata and the story of the Stigmata. Our God is the God who forgave us for the evil that we did to him. The Stigmata reminds us. The body and blood of the most Holy Eucharist distributes the Stigmata and its story across time and space to the children of Adam and Eve. The wise rest their understanding of God on the Stigmata and its story. The Stigmata and its story illuminate the darkness of our understanding of God in a glorious burst of epiphany.

JESUS BROKE THE LAW OF SYMMETRY

The law of symmetry holds that evil begets evil. Evil propagates itself, like a wave, from evildoer to victim. Jesus broke the law of symmetry. He erected a firewall between himself and evil. He built the firewall with bricks of love. Love insulated Jesus from evil. His love for us stopped the propagation of evil dead in its tracks. His love for us made his answer to the evil that we did to him asymmetric.

The mission of Jesus

The mission of Jesus was to start the process of transforming the Valley of Tears into the gardens of the new Eden

The Valley of Tears is a desert, arid and hostile. It is more of an organ located within the human body than a place where human bodies live. But it could be understood as both. The Valley of Tears is a heart empty of love and a place without love. Jesus descended from heaven to start the process of transforming the Valley of Tears into the gardens of the new Eden - to reverse the catastrophe of Adam and Eve - to undo the fall. To start the process, Jesus irrigated the Valley of Tears with love. He was the first drop . Moreover, He left a Church behind with the mission to turn the drop into a flood . Into the soil of our hearts , Jesus planted the seeds of forgiveness . The seeds of forgiveness turn into trees of love so that, in the gardens of the new Eden, many in the Valley of Tears can enjoy the fruits of love not just tomorrow and in the next world but today, here and now, in the Valley of Tears. From Jesus, the gardens of the new Eden are encroaching into the Valley of Tears.

The Power to Do Good or to do Evil to our Neighbor

That the Son of God did the Crucifixion tells us in no uncertain terms that there is nothing He won’t do for us. Nothing. He did the Crucifixion for sinners. Think what He is willing to do for saints!

We are equipped with the power to do good or to do evil to our neighbor. When we know that God has our back, that is, when in God we trust, we can afford to do good to our neighbors. When we doubt, how difficult it is. Good works are the manifestation of our trust in God. The absence of good works reveals an absence of faith. The tree is known by its fruit. The fruit of good works makes known the tree of trust in God.

Our Gag Reflex

For more than two thousand years, the Church has explored the mystery, majesty and magnificence of God. Its experience has given it great confidence - and should inspire confidence in us as well - that it knows a thing or two about God. The Church has knowledge to share with us. However, some in the Church view its knowledge as doctrine to ram down our throats. Beware. Ramming doctrine down our throats against our wills by fiat triggers our gag reflex. We regurgitate such doctrine. We are ready to be persuaded by reason. We are wary of being overcome by force. We expect that the legs of the doctrine that the Church is presenting to us are more than mere authority. Authority is the weakest of bases. We tend to reject a conclusion that has no legs. We expect a solid basis to support the conclusions that the Church wants us to reach. This is just the way rational people are. Early on in the history of mankind, we learned that our faculty of obedience is broken. The debacle of Adam and Eve showed us that it is defective. However, our faculty of rationality works. That is why God built his plan to rescue us from godlessness around our faculty of rationality and not around our faculty of obedience. God is not stupid. He does not risk our salvation on our broken faculty of obedience. He is smarter than that. Our faculty of rationality tells us to flee the sourness of godlessness and seek the sweetness of paradise. God's rescue plan is simple carrot and stick psychology. There is a current of salvation. It is generated by two engines. The sourness of godlessness pushes us to its exit. The sweetness of paradise pulls us to its entrance. There is a potential difference between the sourness of godlessness and the sweetness of paradise. All that was needed to get the current to flow was the placement of a conductor between them. Jesus is the conductor. He is the bridge between the sourness of godlessness and the sweetness of paradise. He is the way, etc. Through His bloody wounds, the new exodus is making its escape led / served by the new Moses, the Church, through the hostile desert of godlessness from slavery under the yoke of Pharaoh to freedom with God and their holy family in the promised land.