Luke 23: 35-43 NRSV
And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, ‘He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!’ The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, ‘If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!’ There was also an inscription over him, ‘This is the King of the Jews.’
One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, ‘Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!’ But the other rebuked him, saying, ‘Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.’ Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ He replied, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.’
We adore you O ‘Christ and we bless you because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.
Consider that Christ is physically nailed to the cross He has carried. He willingly gives up Himself, His body, mind and spirit to rescue us: the ones who have run away and left Him because we are afraid. In this image the Holy Spirit is above Christ holding Him in God’s Holy Light.
O’Lord may we bring our wounds to your cross that they might be joined to your wounds. May the stigmata’s (bleeding) of our hearts enter into your compassionate heart. The heart given to us on the cross. We cry out to you O’Holy Spirit, carry us, protect us, comfort us, and transform our pain. Amen.