Words in the Dark: The Seven Last Words of Christ – Maundy Thursday
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Words in the Dark: The Seven Last Words of Christ – Maundy Thursday

“I thirst” These words of Jesus bring us face-to-face with the fullness of his humanity. The extraordinary suffering he is experiencing has left him dry and parched; he is thirsty. Any human being having experienced the cruelty of crucifixion would be thirsty. The fullness of Jesus’ divinity does not diminish the fullness of his humanity. … Continue reading

Words in the Dark: The Seven Last Words of Christ – Holy Monday
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Words in the Dark: The Seven Last Words of Christ – Holy Monday

“This day, you are with me in paradise” Jesus’ second words, spoken to a thief on another cross, are spoken across a terrible boundary of physical separation and social distance. Jesus and this thief cannot touch each other. We cannot even be certain that by position they can see each other. But the thief reaches … Continue reading

Words in the Dark: The Seven Last Words of Christ – Palm Sunday
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Words in the Dark: The Seven Last Words of Christ – Palm Sunday

“Father, forgive them; they know not what they do” Jesus’ first spoken words during the darkness of Good Friday are words of indescribable grace. He offers forgiveness to those who crucify him, affirming that they don’t really know what they are doing. These are also powerful words of grace for us to hear early in … Continue reading