By Andrew Kreye
If Jesus is the Good Shepherd and the Divine Physician, does that make Him a veterinarian?
The devil is depicted as a snake; snakes look like worms; a lot of animals need deworming medicine. I think I’m on to something big here… but it’ll have to wait.
There’s a prayer called the “Anima Christi”. In English, it means “Soul of Christ”. It’s a beautiful prayer that shows the intimate nature of our relationship with Jesus.
“Within your wounds, hide me.” This line from the prayer has had a profound effect on me.
That’s not exactly a normal request.
“Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands, bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.’ Thomas answered and said to him, ‘My Lord and my God!’” – John 20:27-28
1. Wounds Don’t Disappear
After his Resurrection, Jesus still had His wounds. They didn’t go away.
Even in His glorified body, Christ had His wounds as a reminder to us of His victory.
When we see His wounds, we aren’t reminded of weakness. We are reminded of God’s absolute power that can bring good out of the worst evil.
Christ shows us His wounds to reassure us of His ability to heal us. To be healed, we have to show our wounds to Christ in return.
It’s often in our own wounds that we encounter Christ.
2. Entering In
“The centurion said in reply, ‘Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.’” – Matthew 8:8
Imagine the smallness required to enter the wound in Jesus’ side. When you’re that small, He becomes an immense, protecting shelter from evil.
Being in His side, also brings us as close as possible to His Heart, the source of Divine Mercy.
By imitating the humility of the centurion in Matthew, we start to see how small we really are in comparison to God, who has no end.
When we become small, we are able to come closer to Christ. He draws us closer than we thought possible — even into Himself, next to His Sacred Heart.
There is no obstacle between us and the Lord’s love if we allow Him to take us into his wounds.
3. The Divine Physician
“He heard this and said, ‘Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.’” – Matthew 9:12
We aren’t kept away from evil. We aren’t made ignorant of it or prevented from experiencing it. When we do experience it, we can be wounded.
Jesus wants to heal us. But He doesn’t just want us to get back to where we were. He wants us to grow from our wounds so that we can be closer to Him. We keep our scars because they are signs of God’s love and power.
I usually feel a temptation to hide my scars because they show that I’m imperfect.
Well, duh, everyone is.
But, as with most things, it’s not about me.
It’s about the goodness of the Lord who heals me of my wounds so that you can say, “Look at how broken he is, but God still cares for him. Maybe God cares for me. Maybe I can love God.”
Show the Lord your wounds so that He can heal them, and ask Him to hide you in his own wounds.
Allow God to bring you close to His Heart, and like the Beloved Disciple, listen to it beat for you.
“He himself bore our sins in his body upon the cross, so that, free from sin, we might live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you had gone astray like sheep, but you have now returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.” – 1 Peter 2:24-25