John 19:31-37 Reflection
Visualize Jesus telling you of his thirst for love. From his pierced body flows both water and blood into the jar at the wedding feast, transformed into holy wine, mingling into a spring of life that we can consume. He gives himself again and again as the finest drink in a Eucharistic chalice so we may not thirst. How can we not be drawn to this unconditional love? Our response can be an echo of St. Faustina: Jesus I trust you.
The Strike of the Lance, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
John 19 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Jesus’ Side Is Pierced
31 Since it was the day of Preparation, the Jews did not want the bodies left on the cross during the sabbath, especially because that sabbath was a day of great solemnity. So they asked Pilate to have the legs of the crucified men broken and the bodies removed. 32 Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who had been crucified with him. 33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out. 35 (He who saw this has testified so that you also may believe. His testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth.) 36 These things occurred so that the scripture might be fulfilled, “None of his bones shall be broken.” 37 And again another passage of scripture says, “They will look on the one whom they have pierced.”
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on John 19:31-37.