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Devotion of The Seven Last Words of Christ – The Second Word – 27 March – Tuesday of Holy Week 2018

Devotion of The Seven Last Words of Christ – The Second Word – 27 March – Tuesday of Holy Week 2018

The Seven Last Words of Christ

The Seven Last Words of Christ refer, not to individual words but to the final seven phrases that Our Lord uttered as He hung on the Cross.   These phrases were not recorded in a single Gospel but are taken from the combined accounts of the four Gospels.   Greatly revered, these last words of Jesus have been the subject of many books, sermons and musical settings.   For centuries The Seven Last Words have been built into various forms of devotion for the consideration and consolation of the Christian people.

“The tree upon which were fixed the members of Him dying
was even the chair of the Master teaching.”

St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor of the Churchthe tree upon which were fixed - st augustine - 27 march 2018

The Second Word

“Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.
(Lk 23:43)

Gospel:  Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us.”   The other, 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 corresponds 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.”...Lk 23:39-43

Reflection:   “The Christian is obliged to be alter Christus, ipse Christus: another Christ, Christ himself.   Through baptism all of us have been made priests of our lives, ‘to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.’   Everything we do can be an expression of our obedience to God’s will and so perpetuate the mission of the God-man.

“Once we realize this, we are immediately reminded of our wretchedness and our personal failings.   But they should not dishearten us;  we should not become pessimistic and put our ideals aside.   Our Lord is calling us, in our present state, to share His life and make an effort to be holy.   I know holiness can sound like an empty word.   Too many people think it is unattainable, something to do with ascetical theology — but not a real goal for them, a living reality.   The first Christians didn’t think that way.   They often used the word “saints” to describe each other in a very natural manner:  ‘greetings to all the saints’;‘my greetings to every one of the saints in Jesus Christ.’

“Take a look now at Calvary.   Jesus has died and there is as yet no sign of His glorious triumph.   It is a good time to examine how much we really want to live as Christians, to be holy.   Here is our chance to react against our weaknesses with an act of faith.”…St Josemaria Escriva – Christ is Passing By, no. 95

Prayer of Abandonment to God’s Providence

My Lord and my God:
into your hands I abandon the past and the present and the future,
what is small and what is great,
what amounts to a little and what amounts to a lot,
things temporal and things eternal.
Amen.   Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory Be.THE SECOND WORD - LUKE 23 43 - THE SEVEN LAST WORDS OF CHRIST - THE DEVOTION - 27 MARCH 2018.no.2

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