The Seven Last Words of Jesus Christ: The Sixth Word
The Sixth Word
“It is finished.” (Jn 19:30)
When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, “It is finished.” And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit.
“God our Father has seen fit to grant us, in the heart of his Son, ‘infinite treasures of love,’ mercy and affection. If we want to find evidence that God loves us — that he not only listens to our prayers but anticipates them — we need only follow the same line of thought as St Paul: ‘He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, will he not also give us all things in him?’
“Grace renews a man from within and converts a sinner and rebel into a good and faithful servant. The source of all grace is God’s love for us, and he has revealed this not just in words but also in deeds. It was divine love which led the second Person of the holy Trinity, the Word, the Son of God the Father, to take on our flesh, our human condition, everything except sin. And the Word, the Word of God, is the Word from which Love proceeds.
“Love is revealed to us in the incarnation, the redemptive journey which Jesus Christ made on our earth, culminating in the supreme sacrifice of the cross. And on the cross it showed itself through a new sign: ‘One of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water.’ This water and blood of Jesus speak to us of a self-sacrifice brought to the last extreme: ‘It is finished’ — everything is achieved, for the sake of love.”
St. Josemaria Escriva
Christ is Passing By, no. 162
Prayer of Abandonment to God’s Providence
My Lord and my God:
into your hands I abandon the past and the present and the future,
what is small and what is great,
what amounts to a little and what amounts to a lot,
things temporal and things eternal.
Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory Be.
The Seven Last Words is a beloved devotion of the Church that invites us to recall and meditate on Jesus’s last words as he hung on the cross.
In this collection, each word is accompanied by the corresponding Gospel passage and a reflection and prayer from St. Josemaria Escriva. The devotion can be prayed over a week—each day devoted to one of the seven words— or it may be prayed in a single day.
Holy Week, especially Good Friday, is an ideal time to make use of this devotion for personal prayer: to silently and prayerfully contemplate Jesus’s passion and death, to be united to him in his suffering, and to dwell on the strength and mercy of his love.
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