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The Seven Last Words of Christ
Franciscan-sfo.org ^ | not available | Fred Schaeffer, SFO

Posted on 03/18/2008 9:33:04 PM PDT by Salvation

The Seven Last Words of Christ
A Reflection by Fred Schaeffer, SFO

 
"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."

As Jesus spoke these words, he looked down from the cross at the people who had scourged him, beaten him, spat upon him, and shouted for him to die. But Jesus knew that his Father's love included them, too. To the Father, we are all his children, created in the image of God. Did they know that Jesus on the cross was the son of God? Dear Lord Jesus, may we graciously forgive those who have insulted us. May we reach out to all who hate us, just as you did on the cross, when you spoke these words "Father, forgive them; they do not know what they are doing."

 

"Amen, I say to thee, this day thou shalt be with me in paradise."

Here is the repentant thief, handing on the cross next to Jesus. He could have said nothing. He could have had the same thoughts that prevailed in the crowds milling about at Golgotha. But the thief knew he had sinned, and he had faith. He asked Jesus to forgive him, thusly: "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." (Lk. 23:42) May we have the presence of mind, when we breathe our last, to ask Jesus to forgive us, and to take us into His Kingdom.

"Woman, behold thy son ... Behold thy mother."

Jesus, realizing that the end is near, with the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Mother, and St. John, standing at the foot of the cross, tells his mother "behold thy son..." In this instance, Jesus gives all of us a legacy, we are His heirs, and Mary is our Mother. That is why we love Mary so much. And Jesus told the Son, the disciple, in other words, you and I - that now we have a Mother, Mary. And we ask Mary, who is closest to her Son in Heaven, to intercede with Him on our behalf. Mary, Our Mother, Queen of All. So we are no longer orphans... we have a Heavenly family of which we all are a part.

"My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me?"

Jesus feels this emptiness, this loneliness, as he is waiting to die. He feels unloved, forgotten, hated, defiled. Dear Jesus, never allow us to be so cut off from your love that we feel forgotten. When we dishonor God through sin, we often feel forsaken, and when we continue not to love Jesus, He will feel forgotten and unloved. The Father has given us great love, indescribable love, when we were created in God's image. He knows each one of us personally. So we are never forsaken or forgotten.

"I thirst."

Jesus wasn't really thirsting for water, as much as he was thirsting for our love. When we say "Lord, I love you," let this not be just words, but may our actions, our love for our sisters and brothers, show this love for Him who redeemed us by his Cross.

"It is consumated"

It is done. It is over. Jesus finished what he came to the world to accomplish, to redeem us from our sins by his Crucifixion. "Jesus, the Son to whom the Father has given all things, has given himself wholly back to the Father, yet expresses Himself with a sovereign freedom by virtue of the power the Father has given him over all flesh.¹"

"Father into thy hands I commend my spirit."

Jesus places all that he has into the Hands of God. His Body is buried, to arise from the dead three days later. His Soul ascends directly into Heaven, into the Hands of the Father. We pray that when it is our time to leave this earth, that our soul will also go to Heaven, as in our last breath, we say, Lord it is finished, I am now yours all the way.

 



TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; Prayer; Worship
KEYWORDS: catholic; catholiclist; goodfriday; lent
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1 posted on 03/18/2008 9:33:05 PM PDT by Salvation
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2 posted on 03/18/2008 9:34:48 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: All

Good Friday thoughts and meditations.


3 posted on 03/18/2008 9:35:50 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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THE SEVEN LAST WORDS OF JESUS CHRIST FROM THE CROSS

THE SEVEN LAST WORDS

OF JESUS CHRIST FROM THE CROSS

(The 7 last words of Jesus Christ on Calvary as recorded by the Four Gospels

provided here in English and Latin)

Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio

 

Passion of the Christ - Seven Last Words of ChristThe Seven Last "Words" of Jesus Christ from the cross are actually 7 short phrases that Jesus uttered on Calvary that serve as an excellent holy week meditation.  To find all of the seven last words of Jesus Christ, one must read all the gospels since none of the evangelists records all 7 last words.  The sayings would have been originally uttered by Jesus in the Aramaic language, but only one of the last seven words of Jesus is preserved for us in the original Aramaic, namely "Eli, Eli, lama sabacthani" or "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me," which is actually a direct quote of the opening verse of Psalm 22.  The rest of the seven last words of Jesus  are found in the gospels after having been translated into Greek by the four Evangelists.  We reproduce them here in Latin as well as English, since the Latin version of the Seven Last Words of Christ has been used so extensively in sacred music, notably by composers such as Franz Josef Hayden.  For centuries these seven last words of Jesus have been also used as meditation points for spiritual conferences, retreats, and Lenten missions.  They are particularly wonderful to use for prayer during Holy Week, especially on Good Friday.  For more food for prayer during Lent and Holy Week, visit the Lenten/Holy Week on-line resource library of the Crossroads Initiative.

1.    "Father, forgive them, they know not what they do."  Lk. 23: 34  Pater, dimitte illis, quia nesciunt, quid faciunt.

 2.   "This day thou shalt be with me in Paradise."  Hodie mecum eris in Paradiso.  Lk. 23: 43

 The Pieta, Jesus Christ, The Catholic Church3.   "Woman, behold thy son."  Mulier, ecce filius tuus.  Jn. 19: 26-7

 4.   "My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?"  Deus meus, Deus meus, utquid dereliquisti me?  Mk. 15: 34 (Mt. 27: 46)

 5.   "I thirst."  Sitio.  Jn. 19: 28.

 6.   "It is finished."  Consummatum est.  Jn 19: 30

 7.   "Into thine hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit."  In manus tuas, Domine, commendo spiritum meum.  Lk. 23:46


4 posted on 03/18/2008 9:38:58 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Great post for Easter...

Thank you


5 posted on 03/18/2008 9:39:11 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Salvation

Words of wisdom bump.


6 posted on 03/18/2008 9:39:55 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: Salvation
Beautiful, thanks :)
7 posted on 03/18/2008 9:46:11 PM PDT by MaggieM (Tanti galli a cantar non fa mai giorno ( Too many chiefs, not enough warriors))
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To: Tennessee Nana

btt


8 posted on 03/18/2008 9:50:27 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: Ciexyz; MaggieM; Tennessee Nana

THE SEVEN LAST WORDS OF CHRIST

"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34)
Soldiers have just driven nails through his hands and feet and hoisted him up by those nails. He does not fear those who kill his body; he pities them and prays for them. If they knew how much this hurts, they could not do it to anyone. They are unwitting instruments of the higher purpose that brings him here.

"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46)
But physical torment takes its toll. He suddenly discovers that he cannot hear the still, small voice; he has lost his two-way communication with God. His lifeline is not working, so he must face the the narrow gate of death alone.

He said to his mother, "Woman, behold your son!" Then he said to the disciple, "Behold your mother!" (John 19:26-27)
Not quite alone. He looks down. Which hurts worse: the pain of being crucified, or the pain of a mother watching her son be crucified, or the pain of a boy whose beloved teacher hangs bleeding before his eyes? He understands their pain in the midst of his own, and tells them to care for each other.

"I thirst!" (John 19:28)
Time passes slowly. His spring of living water runs dry. He reaches the end of his strength. This is the moment the Tempter has been waiting for: through the voices of cynical men, Satan tries again, as he did in the wilderness: "If you are the Christ, prove it! Save yourself and impress the people."

"Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise." (Luke 23:43)
But a dying thief says, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." What the cynical voices suggest is not the way to prove he is the Christ. His kingdom is not of this world. He ignores them and reassures the thief.

"It is finished!" (John 19:30)
He has defeated the Tempter again. Despite the agony, he has rejected temptation and cared for those around him. His temporary duty on earth is complete. He has shown the way God wants us to live. He has demonstrated the fact that faith and hope and love cannot be destroyed by anything men can say or do.

"Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit." (Luke 23:46)
Like a trusting child, he turns to the Father and takes the next step. He has bound himself by love, to both God and the human race. Soon he will begin his long-term ministry by demonstrating the fact that human beings survive physical death. Then he will continue to draw to himself, and thus to heaven, everyone he can ... for as long as it takes ... until whosoever will has come.

9 posted on 03/18/2008 9:54:19 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Thanks, Sal, it’s so good to be able to come to FR and see your inspiring posts.


10 posted on 03/18/2008 9:54:23 PM PDT by Judith Anne (I have no idea what to put here. Not a clue.)
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To: Salvation
Here's wishing a blessed Holy Week to everyone as we look forward to Easter Sunday.
11 posted on 03/18/2008 10:11:55 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: Judith Anne

Thanks, say a Hail Mary for the poster.


12 posted on 03/18/2008 10:13:24 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Judith Anne

Bump


13 posted on 03/18/2008 10:14:57 PM PDT by Global2010 (Love Everybody but trust no one.)
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To: Global2010
Last Seven Words of Christ Are Full of "Spirit and Life"
14 posted on 03/18/2008 10:33:54 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Will do, FRiend.


15 posted on 03/18/2008 10:59:07 PM PDT by Judith Anne (I have no idea what to put here. Not a clue.)
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To: Salvation

Thank you.


16 posted on 03/19/2008 5:10:54 AM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: Salvation

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)

But physical torment takes its toll. He suddenly discovers that he cannot hear the still, small voice; he has lost his two-way communication with God. His lifeline is not working, so he must face the the narrow gate of death alone.

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So who is Jesus talking too?


17 posted on 03/19/2008 6:46:16 AM PDT by restornu
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To: Salvation

God bless you, and thank you for your efforts.


18 posted on 03/19/2008 7:08:53 AM PDT by dashing doofus (Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber)
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To: Salvation
"I thirst."

The Gospel records another time Jesus thirsted, in His conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well. It is then that He promised to give us the eternal water of Baptism, for which, once partaken, we shall not thirst again. It is then for the unbaptized that He thirsts of the Cross.

Let us remember also that non-Christian can make a decision for Christ, but an unbaptized baby cannot. This should put the horror of legalized abortion in perspective for us.

19 posted on 03/19/2008 7:36:46 AM PDT by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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I was asked privately what did I mena by “legalized” abortion.

Abortion was illegal throughout Christian history. It was legalized in the US in the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. Originally the Row v. Wade only applied to certain gestational age of the baby, but soon other court decisions legalized abortion at any gestational age, up to the moment of complete birth, for any reason.

In many other “civilized” countries, especially Western Europe, abortion is likewise legalized although, unlike the US, they tend to have at least some restrictions. We in the US have exceptionally barbaric laws in that regard.


20 posted on 03/19/2008 9:10:45 AM PDT by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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Canada has absolutely no laws regulating abortion at all.


21 posted on 03/19/2008 11:12:37 AM PDT by Appleby
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Sigh.


22 posted on 03/19/2008 11:31:31 AM PDT by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: annalex

Roe v. Wade did not “legalize” abortion in the US. It struck down the laws in certain states. Some states, like California, where Ronald Reagan signed a bill legalizing it, already had legal abortion. Some states did not ban it completely but restricted it. Each state set it’s own laws.

Roe v. Wade struck down all state laws banning abortion during the first three months of pregnancy. It allowed some restrictions during the second trimester, and allowed states to ban all 3rd trimester abortions except where the was medical risk to the mother.


23 posted on 03/19/2008 11:48:33 AM PDT by ChurtleDawg (voting only encourages them)
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To: Salvation

Thank you. These posts are so illuminating


24 posted on 03/19/2008 11:52:59 AM PDT by ChurtleDawg (voting only encourages them)
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To: ChurtleDawg

Prior to Roe v. Wade abortion was illegal at least in some US states, as it has been throughout history of Christiandom.

Subsequent to Roe v. Wade it became legal throughout the US. At first, gestational age restrictions obtained, but shortly thereafter, in a separate decision, the courts sruck them down too. Since then we live under the regime whereby abortion on demand is legalized — it is proclaimed legal while it is not historically, or under natural justice, legal. If technical details are important to you on this thread, I can provide them, or you and the reader can do their own research.


25 posted on 03/19/2008 11:57:10 AM PDT by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: annalex

At least. (When they repealed the law that was on the books, they never replaced it with anything. And there it stands.)


26 posted on 03/19/2008 1:16:51 PM PDT by Appleby
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To: Salvation

Beautiful.

Thank you.


27 posted on 03/19/2008 1:18:45 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Position Wanted: Expd Rep voter looking for a party that is actually conservative.)
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To: Salvation

...say a Hail Mary for the poster.

%%%
Done, FRiend.

A blessed Holy Week to you.


28 posted on 03/19/2008 1:22:34 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Position Wanted: Expd Rep voter looking for a party that is actually conservative.)
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To: restornu
He is invoking the opening line of Psalm 22, which would have been familiar to all the Jews present (though not by number, of course). It tells of the torments he endured, i.e., "They have pierced my hands and feet; I can count all my bones."

It ends with a prayer of hope: "Let the coming generation be told of the Lord that they may proclaim to a people yet to be born the justice He has shown."

Just reading Psalm 22 is a wonderful Holy Week meditation.

29 posted on 03/19/2008 1:37:48 PM PDT by LisaFab
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To: restornu

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)

“So who is Jesus talking too?”
_________________________________________

Resty, Jesus Was talking to His Father, God....


30 posted on 03/19/2008 2:00:21 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Tennessee Nana

Just as I thought no way could he be talking to the Trinity 3 i one!


31 posted on 03/19/2008 2:31:37 PM PDT by restornu
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To: Salvation

Good Friday and Catholic bump!


32 posted on 04/02/2010 4:29:30 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Good Friday and Catholic bump!


33 posted on 04/02/2010 4:29:42 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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