1 Peter 2:23-24
By His Wounds…
Are we willing to bare the wounds of Christ?
“When he was insulted, he returned no insult; when he suffered, he did not threaten; instead, he handed himself over to the one who judges justly. 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.” -1 Peter 2:23-24, NAB
In the first part of today’s verse, we see Christ as the example that He set for us. Christ faced insult, ridicule, and torture, yet He did not put up a fight. He could have called on the angels to save Himself, yet He bore the punishment. He was an innocent Man, but He suffered for our sake anyway.
When you are insulted, do you send the insults right back? It is amazing how verses seem to hit us at just the right time. Just yesterday, I was insulted by what somebody said. While I did not immediately retaliate, I held contempt in my heart for that person. I let my anger get the best of me, and it consumed me for the rest of the night.
While I wallowed in my anger and self pity, I failed to hear the Holy Spirit speaking through other people. First, instead of listening to the words this person insulted me with (and they were fair accusations), I went on the defensive immediately. When a loved one tried to correct me for my anger, I struggled to let go. In short, I failed where Christ succeeded. I did not bare insult well. I did not endure the suffering that I had brought upon myself.
It is at this point that I must give myself over to “the one who judges justly.” Only after some time to cool down and a good night’s rest do I fully see the error of my ways. Yes, folks, I admit my mistakes, to you my brothers and sisters, openly and freely. As I prepare to go to Mass this morning, I seek the forgiveness of you, the Church, for the mistakes I have made, as well as from the Father in Heaven.
Only when we can be honest with ourselves can we begin on a path toward healing. Christ set an example for us, and it is a tough act to follow. We must turn our mistakes over to Him, and seek His forgiveness. Through His grace, we can find forgiveness. By His wounds, we are healed!