Meditation on the Spiritual Diary of Elizabeth Kindlemann

Page: 197, Feb 22, 1964

The Lord JESUS said: “How happy I am to realize I did not suffer for you in vain. I truly rejoice. Your souls, you who live in the mud of the earth, cannot free themselves. I take you from the mud of sin and wash you with My Precious Blood. Prostrate yourself at the foot of My Holy Cross and let My Precious Blood fall upon you. The drops of My Blood are like a blank cheque in your hands, you need only to collect it” (Spiritual diary, Feb 22nd 1964).

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One of the most heart-rending scenes in Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ is where Mary is on her knees wiping up the Blood of Jesus with a cloth.  The Blood that has been spilled all over the ground by the brutality of the scourging.

In the Old Testament the blood of the animal sacrificed was sprinkled to signify atonement for the sins of the people. This sacrifice was a repeated act. Jesus offers Himself as the sacrificial Lamb once and for all time as a ransom to free us from the slavery of sin.  He desires that we come to the foot of the cross to be present at the sacrifice so He can wash the mud of sin off us, an offer that is continuously there in the Mass and the sacraments.

Human blood is pumped from our hearts out to the body to provide it with life-giving oxygen.  It returns with carbon dioxide and waste and cleanses the body.  Spiritually, Jesus Blood gives us life-giving grace and washes away the mud of sin.  How happy He is when we avail of the offer.

Should we not join with His Blessed Mother in collecting the Blood that is spilt?   How heart breaking it is to think he went through so much, yet His Blood shed on our behalf falls where it is trampled on.  May our sacrifices be offered in atonement for the hatred and indifference shown Him, for those who do not care and do not trust. The words of Divine Mercy come to mind ‘For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.’ God our Father, may not one drop of His blood be wasted or spilled in vain.  

‘Blood of my Saviour, bathe me in thy tide.’

It might be a good idea to watch Mel Gibson’s movie again during Holy Week or view it for the first time.

Reflection by Joe Sheehan, National Treasurer, Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Movement Ireland

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