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Second Sunday of Easter, April 14-15, 2012

posted Apr 15, 2012, 1:42 PM by fathermark@stmaryshuntingburg.org

            "Peace be with you, " the risen Jesus says to his disciples.

"Peace be with you."

And, immediately, he showed them the wounds in his hands and in his side ... the wounds in his hands that the nails had made ... the wound in his side, made by the lance that had pierced him.

It's an odd connection: "Peace be with you" ... and immediately, the wounds.

It's an odd thing, really, that Jesus still carries his wounds on his risen and glorified body.

 

            Now, ol' doubting Thomas wasn't there.

He didn't see Jesus ... and he wouldn't believe until he could see and touch.

So Jesus  appears next to doubting Thomas, and the Lord says again what he had said to the others:
"Peace be with you."

And then, Jesus immediately says to Thomas:

"Put your finger in the nail marks ... put your hand in my side ..."

"Touch the wounds," says Jesus.

Again, "Peace be with you" ... and the wounds.

Again, Jesus still carries the wounds on his risen body.

 

            Peace be with you ... and ... the wounds.

A deep ...  a true ...  an abiding peace ... and  ... the holy wounds of Jesus.

Peace in the wounds.

There is peace in the wounds.

There is peace in the wounds of Jesus.

 

            The holy wounds of Jesus are a reminder, of course, of his sufferings.

They remind us that the Only Begotten Son of God suffered and was wounded and died.

And so, yet more deeply, the wounds of Jesus are a reminder of the love that led the Lord of Life to suffer for sinful men and women ... to suffer out of love for you and me.

The wounds are a reminder of a love that is greater than our sin.

The Risen Jesus wears his wounds has a sign, a symbol, a banner that proclaims: this is what I endured out of love for sinners ... what I endured for all sinners ... for each and every sinner.

And so, if you and I are sinners ... if we can recognize ourselves as sinners ... then, there is a mighty peace in the wounds of Jesus ... Jesus wounded out of love for sinners ...

 

            The holy wounds of Jesus are a reminder of his sufferings.

And those same wounds are a reminder that the Lords himself knows what it means to suffer.

Have you suffered?  ....  The wounds remind us that he has too.

Have you ever felt abandoned ... or betrayed ... or  humiliated ... have you ever suffered an injury that you know that you didn't deserve  ... The wounds tell us: so has he.

Have you ever been down ... or defeated ... or afraid ... or alone ... ?

Have you ever feared death ... well, so has he.

And so, the wounds are a testimony:

The Lord knows.

The Lord understands.

The Lord is with us.

And so, whatever the difficulty we face ... whatever the pain... whatever the loss ... there is a mighty peace in the wounds of Jesus.

There is comfort and healing and peace in the wounds of Jesus.

 

            Remember at the Crucifixion that the Roman soldier thrust a spear into the side of Jesus ... and the Gospel tells us that immediately "blood and water flowed out."

Blood and water flowed from the wounded side of our crucified Lord.

And since the earliest Church, the water has been seen as a symbol of the waters of baptism ... the blood , a symbol of the Holy Eucharist, the Sacred Body and Blood of Jesus.

And so, there is life in the wounds of Jesus.

There is the new life of baptism.

There is the renewed life of holy communion.

There is life in the wounds of Jesus ... and so there is peace in the wounds of Jesus.

 

            "Peace be with you," Jesus says today to us who are sinners.

"Peace be with you," he says today to those who suffer in any way.

"Peace be with you," to those who are baptized ...

"Peace be with you," to those who are privileged to share in his Sacred Body and Blood.

Peace ... peace in the holy wounds of our Most Holy Savior.

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