Friday, March 21, 2008

a meditation for good friday: the last words

1. Father, forgive them, they do not know what they are doing. (Luke 23. 26-34)
+When have we been ignorant of reality (sins of omission)?

2. Today you will be with me in paradise. (Luke 23. 34-43).
+Where do we discover hope, in this life and the life to come?

3. Here is your son…Here is your mother. (John 19. 16-27)
+How do we access community and family in times of grief?

4. Why have you forsaken me? (Matthew 27. 45-54; Psalm 22)
+Have we experienced abandonment, or the absence of God?

5. I am thirsty. (Matthew 27. 39-40; John 19. 28)
+How are we spiritually empty? How do we thirst? (see Psalm 63)

6. It is finished. (John 17. 1-5; 19. 29-30)
+Can we trust that God has accomplished all things necessary for our salvation?

7. Into your hands I commend my spirit. (Luke 23. 44-49)
+What do we need to relinquish, give up, or place in God’s hands?


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