Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail-marks, and put my hand into his side – I’m not going to believe!
What would the joy of Easter Sunday be without the sufferings of Good Friday? The resurrection does not erase the death of Jesus, nor death itself. Rather, the new life that begins with the resurrection bears the traces of suffering in the wounds. This is why, from the beginning of the Church, it was so important to remember the events that led to the death on the cross, which make up the greater part of the Gospels.
The Resurrection, which begins in the womb of the earth beyond human participation, also lives on in this loving memory of Christ’s suffering and death. We can hear in the very word “remember” a deed of piecing together the wounded body of Christ. At the heart of the Act of Consecration of Man, this happens before our eyes: the words that remind us of Christ’s passion and death form the gateway to the experience of transubstantiation. The life of the Risen One, which we receive in communion, comes from his sufferings.