"What do the scars of Christ teach us? They teach us that life is a struggle: that our condition of a final resurrection is the same as His; that unless there is a cross in our lives there will never be an empty tomb; unless there is a Good Friday there will never be an Easter Sunday; unless there is a crown of thorns there will never be the halo of light; and unless we suffer with Him we shall not rise with Him.
Everywhere else but in Him, liberation promised is either armed or forced and that can mean slavery. Only nailed love is free. Unnailed and uncrucified love can compel. Hands pinioned to a wooden beam cannot compel, nor can a lifted Host or an elevated Chalice constrain. They can only beckon."
Fulton Sheen Lessons on Cana and Calvary