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Son, Mother - by Michael Phillips
Last Words - Part 3 of 7
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John 19:25-27
Dec 11, 2005 am - Jesus Christ hung on the cross from nine o'clock in the morning until three in the afternoon. During this time, He spoke seven times, a number-I believe-signifying completeness. The seven sayings summarize who He is and what He came to do. His first words were spoken to God-Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do. This is fitting for God and His grace were the things that mattered most to our Lord-and should be our first priorities as well. Next He spoke to a sinner, promising This day you will be with Me in paradise. This is of a piece with His whole life. Often despised for eating with crooks and prostitutes, He was nicknamed 'a friend of sinners'-and they didn't mean it in a good way! Now, He speaks again, and this time to His mother Mary and the disciple whom Jesus loved. The man is not named but he's the author of this Gospel whom the Church has always identified as John, the brother of James, one of the Twelve our Lord called to follow Him. It's good to know our Lord remembers His loved ones-even in His darkest hour. Pain has a way of scrambling our thoughts, of making us think of ourselves and forget others. But it did not have this effect on our Savior. Even ... More >>>


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