During the Sundays in Lent, we will meditate on the five ways in which Jesus Christ was physically wounded (in chronological order). The Romans were known not only for their excessive use of capital punishment, but also for their advanced skill at torturing people. Jesus experienced the full intensity of their rule of law, or the Pax Romana (“Roman Peace”), and so we will follow his experiences to examine what each of them mean for our daily lives. How is our faith affected by a flagellum, a crown of thorns, a set of nails, another nail, and a spear? How do these things apply to living life today?
The fifth sacred wound of Christ occurred when the Roman centurion pierced Jesus’s side after he died. Today’s gospel reading recounts how, when the Centurion pierced Jesus’ side to make sure he was already dead, blood mixed with water flowed from his side. This week, we will reply upon the Jewish roots of our faith as well as modern medicine to understand the powerful symbolism of this event that spoke to the sacrificial act Jesus had just offered for us.
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