On this Holy Saturday, the disciples were in hiding and the women were waiting for the Sunday sunrise to anoint our Lord’s body properly for his burial. I hope you will make time to meditate today on the last two “Sayings of Christ” as he hung on the cross. Use the Lectio Divina method from March 10:
Spend at least five minutes on each step.
1) Read the passage several times, taking note of any words or phrases that stand out for you.
2) Reflect: consider why God brought the word or phrase to the forefront as you read or listened.
3) Respond: Pray silently or aloud, asking God to lead you deeper into the passage.
4) Rest: Spend the remaining time sitting quietly with God.
When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
“Finished,” as this saying is most often translated, is not the best understanding of Jesus’ proclamation. More accurately what he is saying is “It is accomplished!” Consummated. Completed. Does this change your understanding of this pronouncement?
Then Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Having said this, he breathed his last.
As Jesus draws his last breath, he continues to trust his father; what does this say about his faith—and his faithfulness?
Go deeper: In response to all that Christ accomplished on the cross, complete the daily Examen (see Friday, March 24).