(Message from July 30, 1990 – see below)
Fr. John Abberton
Posted: March 15, 2006
What do these words mean? We need to see them in context:
“Look at the palms of My Hands, My Side and My Feet; feel My Wounds … those who will not drink from My Wounds shall waste away…”
The message goes on to speak of the “Call of Love” and our need to respond.
In the two lines quoted above Jesus asks us to look at His Wounds and then speaks of drinking from those wounds.
We should understand “drinking” not just as a reference to receiving the Holy Eucharist – drinking the Precious Blood – but in the sense of “drinking in” all that He is; all that He teaches. We should understand “drinking” as being spiritually nourished in the depths of our souls. If we think, in mystical language, of drinking at the “fountain” which is the Sacred Heart, then it is not only the Blood of Christ which we receive, but the Holy Spirit (the Blood and Water flowing from His Side, as depicted in St. John’s Gospel). In this sense we also think of drinking at the “fountain of Wisdom”. Further on in the message, Jesus speaks of this Wisdom. It is the wisdom of “the Wounds”. We are being asked to contemplate the Holy Wounds. In this sense we can see the invitation to drink as an invitation to contemplation. Psalm 41 (42) comes to mind;
Like the deer that yearns for running streams,
So my soul is yearning for you, my God
My soul is thirsting for God, the God of my life;
When can I enter and see the face of God?
The image of the deer (or hart) searching for the running water is a traditional symbol of the heart (or soul) searching for God. The “running stream” spoken of in the prophecy of Ezekiel (see Ezekiel 47) which becomes a torrent flowing into the sea (often a symbol for humanity), and which brings life and healing as it swells, is an image of the stream which flows from the side of Christ and speaks to us of the healing Blood which flows from the Five Glorious Wounds. In some English translations the water which flows from “below the threshold of the temple” is described as flowing on, or from the “right” side of the temple. The lance wound is believed to have been struck to the right side of Christ’s Body, the point of the lance entering the lower right lung and then piercing the heart.
However we think of “drinking from the Wounds” we are invited to open our hearts to the grace and life which Christ pours on us from the Cross. As we prepare for Easter, this could be one of the Sacred Mysteries which lead us closer to the One who speaks in the Messages. The “Wisdom of the Wounds” teaches us how to live as disciples of the Lord who humbled Himself for our salvation.
July 30, 1990
(Rhodos – Monastery of St Nectario)
(I stayed at this monastery for five days. Five days of fasting and not speaking. Just praying and meditating.)
I am; never doubt; My Peace I give you; enter into My Heart;
(When the Lord said: “My Peace I give you”, I saw Heaven open and I was welcomed into His Heart.)
time is pressing, the hours are fleeing … come near Me and listen to what I want to tell the church in Rhodos:
look at the Palms of My Hands, My Side and My Feet; feel My Wounds … those who will not drink from My Wounds shall waste away, they shall pine away and dry; I Am your Salvation, so why does this nation fear to drink Me and eat Me? they cry for help but then no one comes to drink Me and eat Me and get healed; have I not said that through My Wounds you shall be healed? pick, then, your steps over this endless desert and let Me hear the sound of your step; come and receive Me;
this nation fails to understand the Call of My Love; I look down from Heaven, anxious to save you all; I pour out My Heart to you; I am sending you Wisdom all the way to your doorstep to teach you that My Theme is: LOVE, but has anybody any ears to hear? I have made a New Song of Love for you, and for the sake of My Holy Name, little ones, I descend all the way to you; I, your Christ, come to ravish your heart with My Song of Love and delight My Heart; do not say: I sought Him, but I did not find Him; I called to Him, but He did not answer; I waited for Him, but He did not come; seek Me, beloved ones, in simplicity of heart and you will find Me; call Me from the core of your heart and I shall answer you; open your ears and your heart and you shall hear My footsteps of My Return; the fig tree has ripened and soon you shall eat its fruit;
come, since many of you have wandered from the rightful path and fear to receive Me, keeping your sins secret in your breast, liberate yourselves by going to confession; repent truly and fast so that you receive Me in purity and in holiness; My door is always opened to all of you, beloved; I am known not to be insensitive to the poor and to the sick man’s needs; so do not put your God to the test and do not doubt of My Infinite Mercy;
yes, the instruments I use to transmit My words to you are poor, unworthy and common; those whom the world think common and contemptible are the ones that I choose – those who are nothing at all to show up those who are everything;1 Wisdom is given to mere children and not to those that call themselves wise; hear Me, Wisdom shall remain a riddle to those who boast and call themselves virtuous and holy; I shall indeed destroy the wisdom of the wise and the more severe will be the sentence they will receive;
I intend to leave in their midst a humble and lowly people who will be able to say to Me: “Alleluia, alleluia”; day and night, night and day, joining the hymn of My angels: “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God, the Almighty; He was, He is and He is to come”,2 with no one to disturb them, because I shall remove all those proud boasters from their midst; I am telling you, therefore, before My hour comes upon you: seek humility, seek poverty; you who obey My Commandments and teach others to obey them, humble yourselves;
do not judge and you will not be judged; do not condemn so that I too will not condemn you; repent, and I will make up to you for those years you spent suppressing My Spirit; I intend in these last days to lead this wicked era with reins of kindness, with leading-strings of love, stooping down to all of you to give you My Food; I shall always be a Refuge to the poor and needy; come, lean all of you on My Breast, like John My disciple, and hear My Heartbeats; these Heartbeats will bring you all the way to My Feet below My Cross;
I, the Lord, am among you and I bless you all leaving the Sigh of My Love on your forehead; remember all that I have given you today and show Me your love by following Me; My Eyes are upon you; be one;