From the wounded side of the Lamb
flows the "life blood" of this charism of communal, contemplative,
intercessory prayer; for, this blood is life; this water is living water. This
is the sacred flow that unites intercessors with the "chalice" of Jesus'
pierced heart--a heart that bears a love that is stronger than death: The unique, human heart of the Lamb that
continually "loves the eternal Father and all human beings without exception"
(Pius XII, encyclical, "Haurietis aquas" (1956: DS 3924).
These sacred streams of blood and
water reveal the "paschal personality" of the Lamb; for, they shed light on the pierced
heart from which they have come: The heart that chose to love unto death in the
midst of being rejected and hated by the world--the heart of the One who "has
freed us from our sins by his blood" (Rev. 1:5): "When Christ's side was opened
and his heart pierced, the cleansing waters of forgiveness and redemption
poured forth"(Heart of theRedeemer, p. 49) for a sinful and
hurting world. These streams of life unite intercessors with the Lamb on the
altar of the cross to perpetuate his redemptive mission in the world:
"Christ's sacrifice present on the
altar makes it possible for all generations of Christians to be united with
his offering" (CCC 1368); and, "In the Eucharist the Church is as it were
at the foot of the cross with Mary, united with the offering and
intercession of Christ" (CCC 1370).
Theblood of the Lamb is "participatory" blood. This precious flow unites
us to the sacrificial, love offering of Jesus on Calvary. St. Paul asks the
Corinthian community: "The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a
participation in the blood ofChrist?" (1 Cr. 10:16); indeed, we are
made "participants in thealtar" (1 Cr. 10:18). The Catechism
adds, "The Church which is the Body of Christ participates in the offering
of her Head. With him, she herself is offered wholeand entire.
She unites herself to his intercession with the Father for all men..."(CCC
1368). The heart of an intercessor is joined to the "altar of the pierced
heart" of the Lamb for the sake of others, to intercede for and to offer for
the sake of love.
am I interceding (praying) communally (with others) for people and situations?
If not, am I asking God in prayer to lead me to others to pray with?
aspects of the "paschal personality" of the Lamb do I recognize in my own
Any scripture from the text; Eph. 1:7; Heb. 9:12; 1 Pet.