Today the Catholic church celebrates the memory of Pater Pio.
He carried the Wounds of Jesus in his body.
That is the historical part of the day.
How many wounds do we carry daily in our lives?
Have we turned them to the wonder-wounds of God?
Are they giving only pains or can we reach the heart of God and others through them?
Economizing and politicizing God and his Wonders:
that will be the greatest failure of any religion today.
What you were, what your God was, that is the past:
The Past, which should form the present and maintain the future.
What you are in the name of the same God,
that is the important factor today.
We are not interested in carrying the Wounds and Wonders of God today.
More than that, we are targeting others to wound them,
in the name of faith, politics, color and country…
The most important question to all faithful today is,
whether our lives are corresponding to the life of our religion and faith?
Transforming them mine and your wounds to wonders?
— Thomas Kalathil
According to traditional interpretations the Gospels record no events on Wednesday. However, Jesus did receive a second anointing by an unnamed woman in Bethany at the house of a man named Simon the Leper (Mt 26:6-13 / Mk 14:3-9). This incident is almost identical to Mary’s anointing earlier in the week. It was on this day that Judas Iscariot sealed his deal with the Jewish authorities to betray Jesus for money (Mt 26:14-16). Judas would hang himself by the end of the week.
Jesus returned to Jerusalem and spent the majority of the day in the Temple answering questions posed to Him by the Pharisees, Sadducees, and chief priests and leaders. These religious authorities sought to entrap him with their questions (Mt 21:15-17,23-46 / Mt 22:15-46) about John the Baptist, paying tribute (“Give to Caesar what is Caesars”), and the resurrection. As Jesus was sitting in the Temple watching the people put their offerings into the temple treasury, He witnessed a simple offering by a poor widow, described in Mark 12:41-44.
Despite her offering of the smallest copper coin in use at the time, Jesus remarked that her offering was more than everybody who had given, for they had given out of wealth, but she had given all she had to live on out of faith. Later in the day, after Jesus and His disciples had left the Temple, they were sitting on the Mt of Olives. It was here that Jesus gave His sermon about the End Times to His disciples while overlooking Jerusalem (Mt 24 / Mk 13). Mere decades later, in 70 AD, the Romans would destroy Jerusalem and burn the Temple to the ground. It has not been rebuilt since.