Then with a glad expression our Lord looked into his side and gazed, rejoicing….and then he revealed a beautiful and delightful place, large enough for all mankind who will be saved to rest there in peace and love.Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love – Chapter 24, Long Text.
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 2that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.John 17: 20-21
Origen, one of the Desert Fathers wrote: “Christ has flooded the universe with divine and sanctifying waves. For the thirsty he sends a spring of living water from the wound which the spear opened in His side. From the wound in Christ’s side has come forth the Church, and He has made her His Bride.”
In the same way that from the side of Adam came the rib that would be fashioned into his bride, so the second Adam poured out the symbols of rebirth, the water of the Spirit and the blood of the Eucharist, to fashion his. Our betrothal to him, flowing from the moment of his passion. His self-emptying making space for us to nestle into his body; there on the cross, Jesus made the way for us to become united in truth, making our home in him through his perfect sacrifice.
From his side flows the true bread of life; The Spirit and the Blood of Christ. His bride becoming spotless and without wrinkle, simply by remaining in that delightful place that he has fashioned for us.
The rooms in His Father’s house being opened at that moment, the spear becoming a key, unlocking the very thing that it sought to destroy. Eternal homecoming.