Last Rites

Two criminals were crucified with Jesus, one on his right & the other on his left (214). At first, they both mocked him, saying: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”

But later one of the criminals, who was a thief, repented & rebuked the other: “Don’t you fear God? We’re getting what we deserve for what we did.  But this man has done no wrong!”

Then he said to Jesus, “Remember me, Jesus, when you come as king!” Jesus said to him, “I tell you today you will be with me in paradise.”

thief

At noon the whole countryside was covered with darkness, which lasted for three hours. At about three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud shout, “My God, my God, why did you abandon me?”

The people standing there heard him but they didn’t understand his reference to David’s psalm.  Some thought Jesus was calling for Elijah, so they said, “Let’s see if Elijah is coming to save him!”

Standing close to Jesus’ cross were Mary his mother, Mary Magdalene, and some other women. Jesus saw his mother standing there with John, his beloved friend.  Jesus said to his mother, “Now he is your son.” Then he said to his friend, “Now she is your mother.” From that time, John took Mary to live in his home.

mary & john

Knowing that everything had been completed, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A bowl was there, full of cheap wine; so a sponge was soaked in the wine, put on a branch, and lifted up to his lips.

After Jesus tasted the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then his body died & his spirit was released.

 

(214) Matthew 27:38 & 44-50 & 55-56, Mark 15:27-28 & 32b-37 & 40-41, Luke 23:33-34 & 39-44 & 46, John 19:18 & 25-30

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