The tree of human defeat became the tree of victory; where life was lost, there life has been restored (Preface, Exaltation of the Holy Cross).
The marks on their arms are detestable to them. These little tattoos remind them of the catastrophic story of threat, humiliation, terror, flight, sadness, torture and death. The Jewish survivors of the Holocaust who bear these marks are condemned to review the horrible history every day of their lives because it is impossible to remove these hideous marks from their bodies. It is completely understandable that people would want to hurl far away from themselves every memory of distressful days. The slightest reminder of suffering risks causing a return of the event’s horror. It is better to flee from every vestige of it. That is why it is so unbelievable that the Risen Jesus came out of the tomb, in a state of spectacular glory, still bearing the five marks of his crucifixion on his hands, feet and side. This was not possible! He was showing them to his disciples as emblems of courage! Or rather, was it a permanent catechesis for the Church that it is total illusion to think of coming to glory without passing through Calvary? So, the proof remains forever!
If you say that your medicine sack is good, show old scars then. (Minyanka)