Friday, April 10, 2009

The Seven Last Words of Jesus

Every year at 1:30 on Good Friday the priests and deacons of St. Sebastian Parish lead a series of meditations on the Seven Last Words. You can do it on your own as well.

The Seven Last Words of Jesus


When they came to the place called The Skull, they crucified him and the criminals there, one on his right the other on his left. Then Jesus said, "Father forgive them, they know not what they do."  (Luke 23:33-34)


Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus saying: "Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!" The other one, however, rebuking him, said in reply: "Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received ccorresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." He replied to him, " Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise." (Luke 23:39-43)


Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and  his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magadala. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold your son." Then he said to the disciple, "Behold your mother." And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. (John 19:25-27)


At noon darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And at three o'clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, eloi, lema sabachthani?" which is translated, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Mark 15: 33-34) (Matthew 27:46)


After this, Jesus, aware that everything was now finished, in order that the scripture might be fulfilled, Jesus said,  "I thirst." (John 19:28)


There was a vessel there filled with ccommon wine. So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop and put it up to his mouth. When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, "It is finished." And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit. (John 19:29-30)


It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon because of an eclipse of the sun. Then the veil of the temple was torn down the middle. Jesus, cried out in a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit"; and when he had said this he breathed his last. (Luke 23:44-46)