Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, "Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit!" And having said this he breathed his last. Luke 23:46

* Meditation on the Seventh Word

It is the end, the very end

the end of the ordeal

the end of the suffering

and Jesus

alone on the cross

tortured

exhausted

abandoned by his friends

forsaken by God

gasps for a last breath

and gathers the strength for one final cry.

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A bowl was there, full of cheap wine mixed with vinegar, so a sponge was soaked in it, put on stlk of hyssop and lifted up to his lips.  When Jesus had received the wine, he said, "It is finished". John 19:29-30

* Meditation on the Sixth Word

What a sigh of relief!

What a cry of deliverance,

that finally,

after seemingly endless pain

and gasping torment,

it is over at last.

The suffering is ended.

The ordeal is finished

and nothing remains

but the blessed peace of the absence of all sensation.

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