This morning I was thinking about Jesus’s wounded hands.. If ever a person should have had the utmost care given their hands, it is Jesus.. because He had done nothing but good, and expressed nothing but love with those hands of His. He touched a leper as He healed him.. (and it wasn’t necessary for Him to touch that leper for him to be healed.. His heart was stirred with compassion for the leper); He pulled people out of their deathbeds with those hands. With His hands, He worked with wood to support Mary and her other children after Joseph died. As a servant, He washed the disciples dirty feet with His hands. He picked up the little child to bless with His hands and with His hands He wipes away our tears.
Those hands deserved the utmost expensive nard ointment and a solid gem encased gold ring on His finger., but Jesus is as the child reaching for the injured bird caught in the thorns, to save it from death. Happily he saves the bird , not concerned with the thorn caused bloody wounds. All Jesus ever expressed with His hands was Divine love.
Even when Jesus used His hands to hold the whip that drove the money changers out of the Temple, He wielded that whip with Divine Love.. Not to injure the money changers, but to detox the Temple of the festering greed of alliance with this World’s system.
The Holy Spirit always led His hands, but it was mankind who mistreated them , bludgeoning them with thick iron stake-like nails., damaging the flesh , muscles and nerves in His hands/wrists as His arms were forced out of joint as they hammered them onto the wooden crossbeam of His cross. The cross He was made to carry up Golgotha with those splintered hands of love. The cross made of wood from trees He had once shaped as a carpenter’s son. Trees He had created centuries earlier with His Father and Holy Spirit for this Earth.. made out of love for man and beast.
No, our Lord deserved precious ointment on those hands,! In Heaven, we will see those hands and if He permits, we will kiss them in tears, for what He endured to pull us out of the Thorns of this World and our self, to set us free to embrace Him .. with our hands!