“The piercing insights” of Fr Byers…

Jesus crucified passion of the christ

Sometimes people will comment that there is sometimes some piercing insight on this blog. A priest friend made this comment the other day. He’s very clever. And kryptic.

You have to know that many of the more brilliant minds have made it clear that they are sick and tired of “insight” and “the latest thing” and “being up to date”. It’s all too much. Too tiresome. Breathless. And therefore boring.

roman soldier lorica

But this priest friend is so very kryptic that I knew he had something more in mind. Rumination on his “piercing insight” comment was the order of the day. It struck me early on that he was speaking of the insight, quite literally, if you will, that the soldier on Calvary had in looking into the side of Jesus – to the Heart of our Lord – that he had just then pierced open with a wound large enough for – say – Thomas the doubter to place his hand into.

That soldier on Calvary – with this piercing insight, if you will – then immediately exclaimed: Truly this Man was the Son of God.

My own piercing insight, if I have any whatsoever, is that my sin has pierced Him through, you know, like the Roman soldier, just to make sure that He’s dead.

We read in the Apocalypse 1:7 –

  • “Behold, he is coming amid the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him. All the peoples of the earth will lament him. Yes. Amen.”

Have mercy, Lord, have mercy.



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3 responses to ““The piercing insights” of Fr Byers…

  1. Dear Father B:

    “My own piercing insight, if I have any whatsoever, is that my sin has pierced Him through, you know, like the Roman soldier, just to make sure that He’s dead.”

    Your insight into this particular piercing, a piercing of which we all are guilty, is truly a piercing insight, that should cut each of us to the core.

    If we could see how our sins pierce the heart of Jesus, and bring immense pain and suffering to ourselves and to those whom we have offended directly and indirectly by our sinfulness, would we amend our ways?

    Many have prophesied since biblical times that a time will come, and may well be very near at hand, when the Lord will pierce our consciences, revealing our sin in gory detail to us, and offering us an opportunity to turn from it and to Him.

    Thank you for your insights, and for your years of faithful priesthood.

    When my dear wife and I travelled south for the winters, from our home in Canada, we often encountered members of the US military, and would thank them for their service. But, I realize that the real battle today is a spiritual battle, and that the leaders of, and primary participants as, front line soldiers in this battle are our Catholic priests. THANK YOU FOR YOUR FAITHFUL SERVICE to the Church Militant.

    God Bless you Father George. Please remember me to your dear friend Father Gordon, as you both remain in my prayers.

    Michael Brandon

  2. Suzanne Jacklin

    The Crucifixes we have hanging on our walls in our homes do NOT look like this Crucifixion scene. Not only was His head pierced with a crown of thorns, and his hands and feet pierced with huge nails; but, there was not even a square inch of His skin that was not pierced into a bloody, pulpy, agonizing mess of bleeding flesh — by a ‘cat-of-nine-tails’! THAT is the true picture of what we sinners, ALL of us ‘deserve’! While I live with physical pain every day; it is NOTHING compared to what Our Lord suffered FOR each, and every one of US! Lord, have mercy; Christ have mercy; Father, forgive us!!

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