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

“Woman, behold your son; son, behold your mother” Among Jesus’ words from the cross are words of provision for his mother and a disciple whom he loves dearly. As he dies, he models a sacrificial concern for his mother and a tremendously close friend. When we listen to Jesus speak these words, we are called … 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