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With his 7 last words, Jesus speaks to us all

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Aleteia - published on 04/14/17

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Piecing together the four Gospel accounts of Jesus’ crucifixion and death, we discover that Our Lord made seven statements from the cross.

These are known in tradition as the 7 Last Words of Christ, and various Good Friday customs are centered on meditating on each of these statements.

As we reflect today on the mystery of our redemption, we offer to you reflections penned by ordinary believers, who in some way have taken light and solace from their own meditation on these dying utterances of our Savior.

Read the reflections by clicking through the page numbers below, or individually at this link: 7 last words.

  1. Luke 23:34: Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.
  2. Luke 23:43: Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.
  3. John 19:26–27: Woman, behold your son. Son, behold your mother.
  4. Matthew 27:46 & Mark 15:34: My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?
  5. John 19:28: I thirst.
  6. John 19:30: It is finished. (From the Greek “Tetelestai” which is also translated “It is accomplished,” or “It is complete.”)
  7. Luke 23:46: Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

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