Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross
As we approach the Sacred Triduum (, we are reminded that the Mystical Body of Christ has been crucified.
The first three of the seven last words of Jesus Christ come from the 1960's with Vatican II, as we describe in our book, Passion of the Mystical Body of Christ.
And then there were three hours of silent suffering.
“Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over the whole earth, until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying: Eli, Eli, lamma sabacthani?” (Matthew 27:45-46)
The practice of praying from noon to three on Good Friday is called the Tre Ore.
And in Luke (23:44-45): “And it was almost the sixth hour; and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.”
And now we are beginning the last four words of Jesus on the Christ as observed a week ago.
“Afterwards, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, said: I thirst. Now there was a vessel set there full of vinegar. And they, putting a sponge full of vinegar and hyssop, put it to his mouth.” (John 19:28-29)
Jesus thirsts for the salvation of souls and so should we.
“Jesus therefore, when he had taken the vinegar, said: It is consummated. And bowing his head, he gave up the ghost.” (John 19:30)
All of the prophecies have been fulfilled, and soon the Mystical Body will die. (Actually the Church cannot die, but it appears to have died to the world.)
“And Jesus crying out with a loud voice, said: Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.” (Luke 23:46)
This prayer is found in the Office of Compline at the end of each day. And this should be our own prayer, especially at this time.
Soon the Mystical Body of Christ will rise glorious.
“Amen, amen I say to you, unless the grain of wheat falling into the ground die, itself remaineth alone. But if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world, keepeth it unto life eternal.” (John 12:24-25)
“All these were persevering with one mind in prayer with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.” (Acts 1:14)
The Apostles and Disciples after the Ascension were persevering in prayer until Pentecost as we should be, praying for a new outpouring of the Holy Ghost on the world.
We believe that soon, though, God will chastise the world severely. As someone observed recently, if God does not chastise the world, He owes Sodom and Gomorrah an apology.
Soon We will have some new insights on the Three Days of Darkness and the time afterwards. Our most recent book, Passion of the Mystical Body of Christ is the most complete We have prepared on the subject of the coming chastisement.
Let us take a quick look at the last four of the seven last words.
Saint Robert Bellarmine says that all of the seven last words pertain to some virtue we need to practice in our lives.
The first three pertain to love.
- First, love of enemy: “Father forgive them..”;
- Secondly, love of neighbor: “This day thou shalt be with me in paradise;”
- Thirdly, love of family: “Behold thy mother; behold thy son.”
The last four pertain to four virtues, which We have also seen as essential in these days.