I was reading John Chapter 9 regarding, “Jesus healing the blind man by spitting on the ground and making clay of the spittle.” When Jesus, “Anointed this man’s eyes with the clay, his blindness was healed.”
My Bible notes stated:
“The use of common materials to serve a holy purpose anticipated Jesus’ institution of the seven Sacraments.” Also stated as referral Mark 6:56
“And whenever He came, in villages, cities or country, they laid the sick in the market places, and begged Him that they might touch even the fringe of His garment; and as many as touched it were made well.
These Scriptures plus the Bible notes, really made me think not only about the Seven Sacraments, but in particular The Eucharist and The Cross. I am going to begin with the Eucharist.
Jesus took common bread and wine. He gave thanks to God, consecrated it to God, and Jesus said:
“This is My body and this is My blood.”
How did this happen:
Jesus took two common things, and all He had to do was touch and speak over them. In doing so, from that day forward a “holy purpose” was created for the rest of us. That “holy purpose” was given to us to receive, “The Eucharist.” “Holy Communion.”
From that day forward it became a “holy meal,” for us to share with our Lord.
Thank You, Jesus.
Now the Cross:
The Romans, always crucified people. On the Day of the Cross, there were “three” crosses. Yet we never see any Cross in our thought’s, mind’s, or even in art except; the One Jesus hung upon. I can look at a piece of artwork with Jesus and the two thieves, and I never see the two thieves hanging on a cross. My eyes gravitate to the one which has Jesus on it.
See Jesus took a couple of pieces of wood. Very common material. The minute His Body and Blood,touched that wood, that wood, became the “Holiest Common Material” ever known to man.
Jesus and that wood became nothing less, than a “Holy Purpose.”
Sometimes we think we must see and hear Jesus, in all the splendor and glitter. When we do not, we question at times, “Is this You, Lord?”
“Splendor and glitter,” was not the Lord’s way.
He used spit, fringe on a robe, a fig tree, five fish and loaves, bread and wine, dirt, boats, water, etc…
For me personally at times He has used:
A tree, dragonflies, my dogs, a dead bird in my bird bath, wind, skies, clouds, a lawn mowr, etc…
I never remember the Lord teaching me anything contained in something so spectacular, that I could not see or hear Him.
He and I have always related and communicated through the “common and ordinary.” I always came away with a feeling of “holiness.”
Our Lord, was “plain and common.” Yet, multitudes followed Him.
They did this because:
He did not have time for the “splendor and glitter.”
He only had time for completing God’s will.
In doing so He left us with the best of examples:
To do all things with/in humility, as not to destroy, it’s “holy purpose.”
So the next time we think we need to go to the “spectactular” to find or present Jesus to others,
He came to us on “two common pieces of wood.”
One “Body” and two pieces of “Wood,”
That changed the world forever,
Because of Their Purpose.
Love and God Bless, SR
Ignatius Catholic Study Bible NT
Commentary and Notes:
Scott Hahn and Curtis Mitch