Abel was slain by his cruel brother Cain
because God accepted Abel's sacrifice but did not
accept that of Cain. Cain, filled with rage at the
acceptance of his brother's offering, deliberately
shed his innocent blood. The Jews, filled with rage
at the exceeding holiness of Jesus' life, at the sweet
attractiveness of His words, and the Divine beauty
of His works of mercy, shed His Precious Blood.
So the wicked are ever enraged against the good,
and grudge them their favor with God.
The blood of Abel cried out to God for vengeance
on his murderer. The Blood of Jesus, which
speaketh better things than that of Abel, cries out
to God for mercy on those who had outraged Him
and put Him to death. Even while He hung on
the Cross He prayed His Father to forgive them,
and ever since, as long as the world shall last. His
Blood still cries: "Father, forgive them, for they
know not what they do!" O Jesus, may Thy Blood
thus cry out for me!
Yet, at the same time, it cries for vengeance
on those who deliberately and wilfully reject Him.
Long, indeed. He bears with them; long and patiently.
Yet if in the end they spurn His Precious
Blood, His very mercy will bring upon them a
vengeance in proportion to His offer of love. O
Jesus! may I never reject Thee or refuse Thy love