Christ’s 7 last
Fr. ROY CIMAGALA,
April 8, 2020
IN case you will miss the
broadcast of the seven last words of Christ, given our present
condition, I am repeating them here with some commentaries for
whatever it is worth.
Indeed, I must say that
the seven last words of Christ have a special and unique importance,
and are always relevant to all of us, since they represent the
ultimate desire of Christ for us, summarizing everything that he did
and said that were all meant for our redemption.
They have the power to
instantly bring us back to the most fundamental reality about our
life from whatever man-made Lalaland we have gone. Or they can
correct our tone-deaf religiosity.
These are words that
simply drip with pure and completely gratuitous love, a love that is
meant also for us to learn and live. They speak of God’s mercy for
us, his assurance and guarantee of our salvation, the comfort we can
have by providing us with the care of Our Lady, Our Mother, the cost
involved in saving us, etc.
The first one, “Father,
forgive them for they know not what they do,” (Lk 23,34) cannot but
be a sheer show of magnanimity, of unmitigated goodness. Not only is
he asking for forgiveness for those who crucified him, who in the
end are all of us. He looks for an excuse for all of us. There we
can already see how much he loves us.
This supreme goodness is
reiterated in the second one, “Today, you will be with me in
paradise,” (Lk 23,43) addressed to the good thief who just had the
audacity to ask for a favor, never mind what he had been accused of.
This word simply validates what is said of God, that even if he can
get angry due to our sin, he is always ready and quick to forgive.
The third one, “Woman,
behold thy son…Behold thy mother,” (Jn 19,26-27) is a very endearing
one where even in the middle of extreme pain, Christ has that
mindfulness to give us whatever would provide with some comfort in
this vale of tears of ours. He gives us his own mother to be our own
mother too, a mother who will always be a mother to us all
Mary will not only be a
temporal and earthly mother to us, whose motherhood is subject to
time. She will be a mother to us even beyond time. And her
motherhood would not be confined only to our earthly needs, but also
and most especially to our spiritual needs.
The fourth one, “My God,
my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Mt 27,46) speaks to us of the
depth of suffering Christ had to undergo to save us. He feels that
God, the source of all goodness, has abandoned him, and that
therefore all the pain as the consequence of all the evil of this
world is what he is experiencing.
Try to imagine a situation
where all is dark, all is pain, all is evil, without a dot of
goodness! If we suffer in some way, just remind yourselves of this
word of Christ. For sure, somehow we would feel lightened.
The fifth one, “I thirst,”
(Jn 19,28) to be sure is not an expression of physical thirst, but
rather of his thirst for souls, his ardent desire to fulfill his
mission to save mankind.
The sixth one, “It is
finished,” (Jn 19,30) simply expresses that he has fulfilled his
mission, whatever it cost him. This word should remind us that we
should finish what we have begun, though we know it is God who
started everything and it will also be him who will complete and
The last one, “Father,
into thy hands I commend my spirit,” (Lk 23,46) shows the proper way
of ending things, especially when we see our life ending.
It would be good if each
of us makes his own personal considerations from Christ’s seven last