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Thoughts for the Week


Easter Sunday

Thoughts for the Week - Fr R Taouk 
16th April 2017

His Sacred Wounds:  The Sign of His Victory and Ours

by Cardinal Angel Herrera Oria

Christ presented himself to the Apostles after the Resurrection, showing them His wounds. The fact that they remained in His glorified Body has an explanation. Following St. Thomas we can give the reasons as follows:

The trophies of victory; because they are glorious wounds:

(a) As St. Bede says: "Christ went to the fight in order to do the will of the Father".
(b) To defend and save the world.
(c) It was a hard struggle - the hardest of all - but He defeated the enemy, although He had to receive these wounds in order to do it.
(d) The scars of wounds thus received are more glorious than a body which has not received them and is thus without any sign of battle. Because of the fruits which have been achieved through these wounds from which has come more glory than blood; Christ did not fight through vainglory, but for our love, in obedience, to achieve our redemption.
The confirmation of our faith: These wounds are a firm argument for the Resurrection of Jesus.
(a) For this reason Christ showed them to the disciples after the Resurrection.
(b) Thomas also asks to see and touch the wounds in order to be certain of the fact that Christ has risen.
(c) Christ offers to Thomas the opportunity to see and touch them as a proof of the reality of his Resurrection.
(d) St. Gregory says: "The unbelief of Thomas was of more value to us than the faith of the other Apostles who already believed, because since he was forced to believe through handling the wounds, our minds, casting aside all doubt, are confirmed in their faith. They confirm our faith in our own resurrection. Since He has promised that He is the first fruits of those who sleep - that we shall one day rise with Him".
An eternal reminder:  They are constantly presented to the Father to placate His just anger.
(a) For this reason St. John says: "If any of us does fall into sin, we have an advocate to plead our cause before the Father in the Just One, Jesus Christ. He, in his own person, is the atonement made for our sins, and not only for ours, but for the sins of the whole world" (1 John 2).
(b) The Father, contemplating the wounds of His Son, will never forget the eternal reconciliation with us which has been the effect of the merits of Christ. These wounds plead for mercy more strongly than our sins clamour for justice. Through them Christ demonstrates for all time the fact that He will be ever solicitous on behalf of those whom He has redeemed; in Him there is a perfect fulfilment of those words of Isaias: "I will not be forgetful of Thee; why, I have cut Thy image on the palms of my hands" (Isaias 49). They remind us of the love of Christ for us. We see in them that we have been redeemed at a great price, bought with the blood of Christ.