Reflections on the Seven Last Words

A number of churches hold special meditative services on Holy Week to reflect upon the meaning of the Seven Last Words of Christ on the cross:

(1) 'Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do' (Luke 23: 34).

(2) 'Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise' (Luke 23: 43).

(3) 'Woman, behold your son. Son, behold your mother' (John 19: 26-27).

(4) 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?' (Matt 27: 46; Mark 15: 34; cf Ps 22: 1).

(5) 'I thirst' (John 19: 28).

(6) 'It is finished' (John 19: 30).

(7) 'Father, into your hands I commit my spirit' (Luke 23: 46; cf Ps 31: 5).

Every year I try to reflect on one of these more deeply. This year it has been 'I thirst' and the encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well. Jesus meets her at her point of need and addresses her thirst for acceptance. And she in turn becomes the water of life to her own community (John 4:4-26).

Has anyone else got any thoughts or reflections to share on any of the Seven Last Words?

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