Note: Advent, from the Latin, adventus, “coming”, is the Christian season of preparation for Jesus’ birth, the heart of the Christmas celebration, and, according to scripture and the Christian creeds, his second appearance on some future, unknown day and also according to scripture and Christian tradition, his daily coming through the Holy Spirit. Hence, the theme of waiting for Jesus is Advent’s clarion call.
O Lord Jesus, I wait this day for the wonder of Your Weal again,(1) for I have another thought, verily, two other thoughts about Your Wounds.
The first another thought is of my wounds, my world-weary wounds – some, the festering sores of hurts I have endured from the hands of others and from the fates of life’s chance and circumstance and some, yes, self-inflicted by mine own false choices that flew in the face of all that I know and believe is good and right and true. My wearisome wounds that weigh me down. My wearisome wounds, when, unbidden and unwanted, occupying my attention, from which there is scant relief and release.
The second another thought, O Lord Jesus, is that Your Wounds, those marks in Your flesh of Your suffering and dying, rose from the grave with You, remaining on Your blessed resurrection Body, clear and visible.(2)
I wonder, I pray, O Lord Jesus, whether bearing alway my wounds is a mark of my life’s experience ne’er to be denied, even more, a mark of my learning meant to be remembered and retained, still more, a mark of my salvation in You, verily, Your Power made perfect in my weakness.
O Lord Jesus, if this, if any of this be true, then I rejoice in my wounds, ne’er to repeat them or deepen them, but rather…but only to claim the victory of vulnerability in You. Amen.
(1) See my previous post regarding Weal: waiting for Jesus – an Advent-season-prayer-a-day, Day 11, Wednesday, December 13, 2017
(2) Although none of the canonical gospel accounts explicitly state that Jesus, after his resurrection, bore on his body the marks of his suffering and death, John implies it: Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord (John 20.19b-20).