Pako

The Lord continues in silence but there are things that continue to speak. Now, let us allow the nails piercing His hands and feet to speak to us. The nail bears no mouth and no tongue. The nail is made of metal. It is hard. And where were these placed? In His hands and feet.

Feet symbolizes power. That is why when it is being said that someone is walking or stepping over someone, it also means to destroy because the feet can be used to kick, to step over someone,  to hurt, and destroy someone’s honor.

Hands symbolize power, especially the right hand. When someone is said to be the right hand, it means he is just as powerful.  His hands can no longer be put to use because it is nailed to the cross. Those feet that were never used to destroy others are now nailed to the cross. Where did He use His feet? As a teacher, He traveled to so many places to spread the good news. In order to preach in places far and wide that the Kingdom of God is at hand. Those hands that were never used to hurt anyone but instead to touch the leper, forgive those who sinned, to heal the blind so he can see, to heal the deaf so he can hear, to bring peace to those who are confused, to those who cannot walk and to those who are in need.

Now, nailed to the cross. They can no longer heal. They can no longer travel. His hands are nailed to the cross. His feet are nailed to the cross. The nail speaks and what is it saying to us? What could it be trying to tell us. Could it be that it is challenging us to ask ourselves – what do you treasure most? What is it that you hold in your hand? What is it that you hold on to? What is it that you stand for? Do you still have principles that you live by? Do you still stand for something? Do you still know how to give? Isn’t it that giving is a sign of love? Love is the true mark of those who follow Christ. The irony, my dear brothers and sisters, is that even if His Hands are already nailed to the cross, he continues to give and assures us, “Truly, I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

The truth is, my dear brothers and sisters, even when His feet were nailed to the cross, he continues on His journey to make it known to all of us that the Kingdom of God is here. What do you hold on to? What do you stand for? Where is your life built on? Is it built on solid rock or on quick-sand that is slowly swallowing us? The nail speaks. What do you stand for? What are you ready to share for the good of this world. Let us allow those who have no mouth to speak. Let us allow those who have no tongue to speak. And as we hear something, may it be that we gain the same tongue and mouth of the nail. And may the ears of our most loving Lord be with us because He is our one and only stance.

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