Today is the Second Sunday of Easter: On the Octave of Easter, the Risen Christ reappears in the Upper Room – that same room where He instituted the Sacraments of the Eucharist and Holy Orders ten days earlier and where the Pentecost gift of the Holy Spirit will be bestowed forty days later. Once more, He greets His chosen disciples, but then quickly turns His full attention to Thomas. He wants to convince Thomas that He is truly risen, and He does so by pointing to His holy wounds. Why? Those wounds on the Body of the Glorified and Risen Lord teach us several things.
(1) They show that this Jesus is not a ghost but a real flesh-and-blood Person.
(2) They serve as powerful reminders of the great love of God for us, a love so great that in Christ God died, so that our sins might be forgiven.
(3) The wounds of Christ illustrate the continuity between the earthly life and ministry of Jesus and His eternal high priesthood, by which He lives to make continual intercession for us before His Heavenly Father (cf. Hebrews 7:25).
It is not an accident that Thomas comes to faith, not by simply seeing an apparition of Jesus, but only after being instructed to pay heed to those sacred wounds, which are not scars of defeat and ignominy. They are tokens of victory and love. Because Jesus loved us to death, our sins are forgiven, and that love remains present in the Godhead forever. Therefore, when we meet Christ face to face on Judgment Day, He will look just as He did during that first Easter season. Jesus, you see, is in a unique position to judge us, precisely because He shared our human condition completely and bore the burden of our sins, which is why the Father has given over to Him the role of judgment of the human race (cf. Jn 5:22). The judgment the Lord most desperately wants to make, however, is that of forgiveness, if only we allow Him to do so.
Soul of Christ, sanctify me. O good Jesus, hear me
Body of Christ, save me. Within thy wounds hide me,
Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Suffer me not to be separated from Thee.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me. From the malicious enemy defend me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me. In the hour of my death call me, and bid
me come to Thee, that with thy saints I may praise
Thee for ever and ever. Amen
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