And it was the third hour, when they crucified him.
And the inscription of the charge against him read:
“The King of the Jews.”
And with him they crucified two robbers
one on his right and one on his left.
– Gospel of Mark 15:25-27
“I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself” (Jn 12:32).
These words express the full reality of the crucifixion. And part of this reality is the terrible tension penetrating Christ’s hands, feet and every bone: driving its way into the entire body which, nailed like a mere thing to the beams of the Cross, is about to be utterly annihilated in the convulsive agony of death. And the whole of the world which Jesus wills to draw to himself enters into the reality of the Cross. The world is dependent on the gravitational pull of this body, which inertia now causes to sink lower and lower.