Friday, March 27, 2009

They Tied His Hands Because He Did Good

Would Our Lord be treated differently today? 

       Sao Paulo - Oct 2002 A (49) work

Why was Our Lord bound by his executioners?

Thy hands, Lord, what had they done? Why were they tied?

Who can say, Lord, what glory these hands gave to God, when they first received the kisses of Our Lady and Saint Joseph? Who can tell the tenderness with which Mary Most Holy made that first caress?

With what piety they joined for the first time in prayer? And with what strength, nobility and humility they worked in Saint Joseph’s shop?

These hands which were so gentle for upright men like Saint Joseph, the innocent, and Mary Magdalen, the penitent; these hands which were so terrible against the world, the flesh and the devil – why are they tied down and reduced to raw flesh?

Why so much hatred and so much fear that it seemed necessary to tie Thy hands, Lord?

Is it because someone is afraid of being cured?  Or caressed?  Who among us fears health?  Who hates tenderness?  Lord, to comprehend this monstrosity, one must believe in evil.

It is necessary to recognize that men have this tendency, that they may be such, that their nature easily revolts against sacrifice and that, when they enter the way of revolt, there is no infamy or disorder of which they are not capable.

My Jesus, when someone says no to Thee, they begin to hate Thee, hating all good, all truth, and all perfection of which Thou art the personification. And if they do not have Thee at hand in a visible form, they strike the Church, profane the Eucharist, blaspheme, spread immorality and preach revolt and rebellion.

Thou art bound, my Jesus, and where are the lame, the paralytics, the blind, and the mutes whom Thou didst cure?  The dead whom Thou didst resurrect, the possessed whom Thou didst free, the sinners whom Thou didst lift up, and the just to whom Thou didst reveal eternal life?

Why don’t they come to break the loops which bind Thy hands, Lord?  Why?

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