It has become a popular tradition for Churches to reflect on Good Friday on the Seven Last Words of Jesus Christ. Archbishop Fulton Sheen said, “there was never a sermon like the seven last words.” This year, I was blessed to give one of the reflections for the ministry of fellow classmate and friend Raj Derivera of the Diocese of Sacramento. I will post links to video’s made as this Holy Week progresses. Have you all have a Blessed Holy Week and Fruitful Triddum. May these words of inspiration bring you to the foot of the Cross and follow through to the empty tomb on Sunday Morning. God Bless you all. Here is a link to the “Be the Straw” Ministry Website: http://blog.bethestraw.org/
One of the seven last words spoken by Christ on the Cross was “It is finished,” and yes it was. Through Christ’s death on the Cross, he finished what he came down to earth to do, to ransom us sinners and to give us life through His death. However, Jesus also says “…Today, you will be with me in paradise.” So, while his earthly life may have been finished, his eternal life was not.
This is the same for us and what Jesus wants of us. God gives all of us a reason to be here on earth, and while temporary, we must remember that life does not “finish,” rather, we go beyond the scandal on the Cross of Christ and our own crosses to return once more to our maker in the paradise He has promised us.
…And now, we keep vigil at the tomb of the Christ buried and await our new life. Another chance of it here on earth, to get a foretaste of what is to come.