On this first Friday of Lent, here’s a thought to consider: are we opening our hearts and lives to touch the wounds of Christ? What wounds His heart?
“‘Thomas, put your finger in My hands. Put it in My side. Now, believe.’ (John 20:27) I don’t think you can begin to believe until you put your finger in your own wounds, the wounds of one another, and the wounds of Christ.”
Richard Rohr, OFM, from Breathing Under Water
Thomas always gets a bad rap because he doubted Christ, but when Jesus asked him to touch His wounds – Thomas reached out and touched them. That took a bit of faith. Just like it takes faith for us to offer our wounded hearts & lives to Jesus, to let His love touch the hurting bits with healing balm so we may have courage to reach out and touch the wounds of others.
Hey, we’re all wounded works of divine art in process. But, by sharing a compassionate touch (even when we don’t have it all together) we can change pain’s stark paint into a lighter shade with love.
When we touch the wounds of others with love, we’re touching the wounds of Christ.
grace, peace & compassionate courage
Virginia : )
p.s. Here’s a song I stumbled upon whilst setting up new computer links to “Roses in the Rubble” – the name of this blog, but also the name of British folk singer David Jay Moore’s new compilation. Have a listen (via this YouTube video – email readers, you know the drill!)