UNBORN WORD of the day

November 11, 2009, 1:48 pm
Filed under: Biblical Reflections, Unborn Jesus

Conception  Gabori Sandor

Conception  by Gabori Sandor

When Christ came into the world He was an unborn baby. If we could have seen Him in the womb, we would have seen Him in His littleness and vulnerability. Initially, He barely looked human. Around 18 days after His conception, His rudimentary heart began to physically pulsate with blood – this would be the currency He would use to purchase the salvation of humankind! Like a mint manufacturing the currency of a commonwealth, here we would see the production of a body and It’s blood for a future day in the Kingdom of God, a day when a supreme price would be paid (I Cor 7:23).

Pope Pius XII reminds us that the mystery of Christ’s love is deeper than the physical body we might have observed, explaining that from the first moment of His conception: “Immediately the Heart of Jesus, ever to be adored, has begun to pulsate with love, divine and human” (Haurietis Aquas). So His Love precedes His blood. The river that is God’s Love becomes the stream of blood coursing through this unborn baby’s primitive heart; and it beats a psalmody of salvific love for us. But no one hears it yet…or rather, only His mother hears it, feels it, indeed she surrounds it as a chamber holding a melody.

About thirty-three years later, as His final Passover drew near, Jesus sat in the temple one day – where the blood of lambs, goats and bulls had been offered for centuries – across from the treasury, and He watched as people placed money donations into it. Suddenly, He saw that poor widow who put in her two meager “copper coins” (Mk 12:41-44). His heart went out to her….”he called his disciples to him”… and His words went out to His disciples.

Finally Gethsemane. Now His blood begins to trickle down – He begins the messy business of paying for our salvation…paying for Mercy, paying for forgiveness, paying for our stubbornness, selfishness and stupidity, paying for the love we throw back in God’s face. From Gethsemane and all through that night and the following day His blood slowly trickles down…now from thorns, now from scourging, now from the abrasive cross laid upon Him. This is the currency of our salvation! Now on the cross. Suddenly we see it – His Sacred Body is the Treasury, the Mint which has been long producing the Mystical Currency of God’s Love for us. See in the open palm of each hand a crimson coin. Two coins. He has taken them out of the Treasury of His broken Body and holds them out for us; two small reddened coins. Worthless to the world, priceless to the soul.

Fra Angelico - Christ on the Cross Adored by St. Dominic

Fra Angelico. Christ on the Cross Adored by St. Dominic.detail c.1442

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