The power of wounding His Heart

The simplest glance of our eyes wounds and ravishes the Heart of Christ.

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Healing of the woman with an issue of blood
Healing of the woman with an issue of blood

  Reflecting on today’s Gospel (Mark 5) about the woman with the flow of blood who reaches out and touches Christ’s garment, I remember this pithy quote from Gilbert of Hoyland: “The woman touched but the hem of His garment, and Christ felt virtue go forth from Him.  How much more is it when His Heart is not only lightly touched, but wounded.”  And how do we wound His Heart? The word is meant in a good sense here, as in Song of Songs 4:9: “You have ravished (Vulgate: wounded) my heart, my sister my bride, you have ravished (wounded) my heart with a glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace.”   What power we have over the Heart of our Beloved Lord, that just a single glance from us–throughout our busy days–ravishes and wounds His Heart. . .  Do not underestimate the simplest lifting up of your heart to Him, the simplest glance of your eyes.

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