Reflections on the Seven Last Words of Jesus Christ  

Friday, April 2, 2010

Every year we commemorate Good Friday as the day in which Jesus Christ died on the cross. He died at around 3:00pm.

During this time Jesus said seven phrases which are now known as the Seven Last Words. Let us reflect on each of this phrases during this season.

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

Christ knows of his destiny. He knows that he needs to die in order to redeem the world from sins. Does He asks forgiveness for those who have crucified and persecuted him.

In our daily life let us live this phrase as we forgive those who have sinned against us. Let us understand people and look into their good side. Always remember that most of the time people do not really know what they are doing.

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

This shows us that people no matter how bad can still be saved from condemnation as long as he/she repents. This means that in our life everyday is a new day of hope and a new dawn for a better and good life.

Jesus in this phrase talks to one of the crucified criminals who on that day asked for forgiveness and want to be with Jesus in Paradase.

3. "Woman, behold thy son." Mulier, ecce filius tuus. Jn. 19: 26-7

Jesus introduced Mary to John who is Jesus' brother and son of Mary. It sends a message to Mary not to weep for it is his faith to die on the cross and instead be happy that his brother John is still with them.

This also tells us the importance of the family and taking care of each other. It tells us to take care of our children in order for them to be good citizens of the world.

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

During Jesus' hardest time he had also lost faith in the Father and asked Him why He had forsaken or left Him. In our life whenever there are tragedies we also lost our faith in God but God never lost His faith on us. He always sees us in a deeper sense and remains to love us no matter what.

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

Jesus Christ became thirsty and He was given wine instead of water. This is also the part where Longinus pierced the side of Jesus and water flows in it. Longinus, whose one eye is blind became clear and instantly he became a believer.

Everyone of us thirst for faith and love of God. We endlessly seek for knowledge about who we are. In seeking this knowledge it might take a lifetime but what matter is we find in ourselves the eagerness to seek God's kingdom.

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

This connotes the end of the suffering of Christ and the fulfillment of His task of salvation. Jesus knows that He will die and by His death our sins will be forgiven.

Each of us should be ready to give our life for what we believe in the most and for the greater good of all. We should never succumbed to temptations and never surrender our good principles in exchange for temporary relief.

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

Jesus surrenders himself totally to the Father. In our lives we should let God be our guidance and surrender ourselves to God. For in God we will never falter and fail.

I hope that we learn something from each of these words and that we live by them each day.

The 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.

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