Wednesday at Islander Catholic we heard a great talk from our VP Nick on the subject of the Seven Last Phrases of Jesus Christ. Self-explanatory, they were the last seven words Christ spoke before he died on the cross. Now, technically they are seven last phrases, but in those seven sentences, Christ spelt out his life and the mission He was about to complete.
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Gospel of Luke 23:34
“Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Gospel of Luke 23:43
“Jesus said to his mother: “Woman, this is your son.” Then he said to the disciple: “This is your mother.” Gospel of John 19:26-27
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34
“I thirst.” Gospel of John 19:28
“It is finished;” Gospel of John 19:29-30
“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Gospel of Luke 23:46
And because I couldn’t possibly give as good of an explanation as Nick as to the meaning of the phrases, you’ll just have to come and ask him yourself. ;)
Anyways, we all know what happened during the Crucifixion and Resurrection, which is what Lent leads up to: “the preparation of the celebration of the resurrection of Christ.” We’ve all been impacted by the incredible sacrifice that Jesus gave: His life. But I feel like we don’t really look much into what Jesus said right before He died. These phrases sums up His life and shows His complete and undeniable trust in God. If you look into the meaning behind the phrases, you will see how profound they are. Jesus is nailed to the cross, and yet He still proclaims the word of the Lord, and shows his love for us even in spite of what was done to him. Like wow! It got me thinking as to what I would be able to say before my death. Would my words reflect a life full of God? Would I leave loved ones with an example of how to live their life with trust, love and forgiveness? Would I be leaving them with faith because of my faith? Now is the time to look at our lives and see if we are on the path to making our lives a reflection of Christ. He died for us, and He also died as an example of what to strive for in life. We’ve been speaking a lot about Lent because it is just an incredible season. In the last blog posted by Analese, she goes into how now is the time for “spring cleaning,” get rid of all the things that keep us from God. Cleaning up our lives doesn’t end when Lent is over; it never truly does until we are ready to join God in heaven. I have a lot of “spring cleaning” to do still. I truly want to live my life like Christ, and I want to leave my friends and family with a good example. Loving God and doing His works, like Jesus, it the best thing we could ever do for ourselves. It is never too late to start cleaning, and it is never too early to start thinking of what we will leave behind for others to follow.