THE CRUCIFIX REQUIRES NO GLOVE

I’ve been struck lately by the fact that Christ makes himself available to one and all. No need to schedule. No phalanx of receptionists, security guards and gates. No need for a resume, letter of recommendation, sterling employment history, or character reference.

There he is, morning, noon and night, in the tabernacle, or exposed–literally, the liturgical rite is called Exposition–in the monstrance.

Anyone can approach. Anyone can touch his wounds. Anyone can spit on him. Anyone can accept, reject, wonder, wrestle, doubt. Anyone can adore.

One Reply to “THE CRUCIFIX REQUIRES NO GLOVE”

  1. Which brings to mind the time Flannery responded to Mary McCarthy saying the Eucharist was a a symbol..
    “Well, toward the morning the conversation turned on the Eucharist, which I, being the Catholic, was obviously supposed to defend. Mrs. Broadwater [Mary McCarthy] said when she was a child and received the Host, she thought of it as the Holy Ghost, He being the most “portable” person of the Trinity; now she thought of it as a symbol and implied that it was a pretty good one. I then said, in a very shaky voice, “Well, if it’s a symbol, to hell with it.”

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