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John 19:25-30

The Death of Jesus

(Psalm 22:1-31; Matthew 27:45-56; Mark 15:33-41; Luke 23:44-49)

25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.

26 When Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, he said to his mother: Woman, behold thy son.

27 After that, he said to the disciple: Behold thy mother. And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own.

28 Afterwards, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, said: I thirst.

29 Now there was a vessel set there full of vinegar. And they, putting a sponge full of vinegar and hyssop, put it to his mouth.

30 Jesus therefore, when he had taken the vinegar, said: It is consummated. And bowing his head, he gave up the ghost.

We come finally to the climax of Our Lord’s Passion. Atop Mount Calvary, nails are driven through the Precious Hands and Feet of the Lord Jesus to fasten His mutilated Body to the cross...which is then bone-jarringly dropped into a hole. Despite the soldiers’ fear that Jesus might die on the Via Dolorosa, the Lord continued to suffer for six more agonizing hours as He hung on that cross.
Through the Cross we learn the meaning of forgiveness – not only because it is the Instrument of the forgiveness of our own sins; but we also learn by the Lord’s example to forgive those who have wrongfully abused us (Lk 23:34).
Through the Cross we also learn the meaning of love – for it was at the height of His suffering that Our Blessed Lord gave us His Mother to be our Mother. Despite His torment and imminent death, He wanted His disciples to know that they were not left alone. He had already promised them the Holy Spirit to comfort them...but as He hung on the Cross, He also lovingly gave them a Mother to comfort them in their distress – since nothing is able to console a hurting child better than a mother’s loving embrace.
Mary’s acceptance of this role tells us much about her sacrificial love – despite the pain that she was experiencing at the loss of her Child, she willingly accepted His call for her to be a Mother for all those He was redeeming by His Passion.
After six grueling hours on the Cross, the Lord gave up the ghost and commended His spirit into the hands of the Father (Lk 23:46). His limp Body was taken down from the Cross and laid in the arms of the Blessed Virgin. As at His Birth, so at His death – ever close to the breast of His Blessed Mother.
And so let us never fear to approach our Blessed Mother to lean upon her for comfort, because when we do, we lie in the arms of her who so lovingly held our Saviour at the beginning and end of His earthly life.
Our Father......

1.  Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, they do not know what they are doing."  (Lk. 23: 32)  - Hail Mary...

2.  One of the criminals said:  "Jesus, remember me when you enter upon your reign."  And Jesus replied, "I 
assure you; this day you will be with me in paradise."  (Lk. 23: 42-43)  - 
Hail Mary...

3.  Seeing his mother there with the disciple whom he loved, Jesus said to his mother, "Woman, there is your 
son."  (Jn. 19: 26)  - 
Hail Mary...

4.  In turn he said to the disciple, "There is your Mother."  From that hour onward, the disciple took her into his 
care.  (Jn. 19: 27)  - 
Hail Mary...

5.  Then toward mid-afternoon, Jesus cried out in a loud tone, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"  
(Mt. 27: 46)  - 
Hail Mary...

6.  Jesus realizing that everything was now finished, said to fulfill the Scriptures, "I am thirsty."  There was a jar 
there, full of common wine.  They stuck a sponge soaked in this wine on a stick, and raised it to his lips.
(Jn. 19: 28)  - 
Hail Mary...

7.  When Jesus took the wine, He said, "Now it is finished."  (Jn. 19: 30)  - Hail Mary...

8.  Jesus uttered a loud cry and said, "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit."  After he said this, he 
expired.  (Lk. 23: 46)  - 
Hail Mary...

9.  Darkness came over the whole land until midafternoon with an eclipse of the sun.  The curtain in the 
sanctuary was torn in two.  (Lk. 23: 44-45)  - 
Hail Mary...

10. They took Jesus' body, and in accordance with Jewish burial custom, bound it up in wrappings of cloth with 
perfumed oils.  (Jn. 19: 40)  - 
Hail Mary...

Glory be to the Father...

O My Jesus, forgive us our sins...

The place of the Skull, also called Golgotha, was just a garbage heap outside the gates of the sacred city of Jerusalem. So, when Jesus was led outside the walls to die in the city dump, the Jewish leaders were exiling him not only from their city, but also from his unique heritage as a son of Israel. He was being cut off from his own people and from a place deeply associated with his cultural identity. At the same time, Jesus experienced a profound interior darkness on the cross, a descent into the experience of total abandonment by his Father. Because God is holy and Jesus was the Lamb burdened with all of human sin from the start of human history to the end, his punishment was to be exiled from the presence of the Father, and to die in that darkness, buried under the trash of all our sins. He was cut off from both his people and his God. What tremendous, aching solitude he must have experienced! And what a sense of being rejected, unwanted, and stripped of everything that was most sacred and beloved to him.

As human beings, we need relationships in order to be whole and complete. We need others, and most of all, we need God; these relationships make us whole, human, and happy. Some people inflict a terrible isolation on themselves by turning away from God or by making themselves inaccessible to other people. At times, this can be the result of sin—inflicted or received—or it could be a way of guarding one’s own wounds, punishing oneself or others, or acting out a twisted self-concept of unworthiness. But self-imposed isolation has the unfortunate consequence of shielding people from the experience of being loved and understood by others, of belonging, and even of being redeemed. We discover our own value not by self-appraisal, but by experiencing how we are loved and valued by God and by others; our identity is illuminated by our relationships. A life lived without God and others is a kind of living death. In this mystery, we can pray for all those who live their days in the darkness and loneliness of a personal Calvary.

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