O Sacred Head Now Wounded
Has someone ever done something nice for you that made you want to do something nice to thank them? I remember when I was growing up, my parents let a neighbor farm some of our land, and every year the farmer and his wife would take my parents out to eat to say thank you. This past Sunday was mothers’ day, and many times we will do something special to thank our mothers for all their hard work on our behalf. In this Easter Season, we remember Christ’s death and resurrection, and we will be singing the hymn O Sacred Head, Now Wounded.
The hymn was written by Bernard of Clairvaux, a monk who was known for his deep love for Jesus. The words of this song truly show this focus on Jesus’ suffering for sins. But the last verse has a line that we ought to meditate on this week. “What language shall I borrow to thank thee, dearest friend, for this thy dying sorrow, thy pity without end?” Simply put: How can we thank Jesus, our truest friend, for suffering for us and for His endless love? We can’t really buy Him a present or something like that!
Well the song gives us the answer at the very end: “Lord, let me never, never outlive my love to thee.” As Jesus said, “You are my friends if you do what I command.” As Jesus’ friends, abiding in HIs love, we will obey Him and live lives of love and good deeds.
This week, as you remember Christ’s sacrifice, think about how you can live a life a gratitude and love for Christ, our dearest friend.