When we think of the blood of Christ, we think of the unnumbered insults; the five wounds; the blood beading from the thorn incisors encircling his head
But what if, instead, we thought of the blue and red twining vessels of the umbilicus, what if we pictured the roseate and warm web of nutrients we call placenta?
Why not envision the body of Mary her autonomic brain as it was building, creating a network of feeding and growing: caring and corpuscle, healing and hemoglobin, making a mammalâ€™s four-chambered heart, fed by the rich cake we call placenta, shaping salvationâ€™s vascular system?
Christâ€™s heart took shape in Maryâ€™s body. His blood first coursed her valves and veins. It was made with her wombâ€™s weaving, overcast by heavenâ€™s venture, manifest through serving love, cell by alizarin cell.