All our wounds, the places we have hurt others and the places that we have been hurt, can be found there in the wounds in his hands and feet.
But maybe of all days, Good Friday is the day to reconsider just what suffering is and to think on our own suffering.
St. Irenaeus once suggested that “the glory of God is the human person fully alive.” Christ’s incarnation gives us a picture of the perfect image of God. The way we become what we were meant to be is not primarily through technology, but through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit, who makes us more like Christ.
As we mark Epiphany and leave Christmas time, may we recall some of the myriad of ways Jesus reveals himself to us—the Savior of all nations, the prince of peace, the embodiment of righteousness, and the jewel of justice.
Can you imagine it? I picture the bride and groom happily dancing away, celebrating and enjoying their time with their family and friends. But off on the far side of the room, the master of ceremonies has a worried look on his face.