(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