FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
March 25, 2016
From the Word of the Day
Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (John 19: 28-30)
On this Good Friday evening, we are invited to climb Golgotha to contemplate deeply the scene of Jesus’ death. With His arms nailed to the Cross, He cries out, “It is finished.” These are the last words of Jesus on this earth, before dying. These last words are pregnant with meaning and are derived from the Greek ‘telos’. Its true meaning, not only in a temporal sense but above all in a qualitative sense, is ‘the supreme culmination’, beyond which Jesus could not have gone.
Such a supreme manifestation of His love is accomplished on the Cross where He can truthfully affirm, “It is finished!” The extreme and supreme point of the revelation of His Love has been reached.
In my pause for silent contemplation, I will take this day to offer praise and thanksgiving to Jesus. No one has ever or will ever love like Jesus. His love exceeds every measure!
The Voice of Alexander Schmemann, Russian Theologian
Jesus gives us His death because, in all truth, it is in our place that He dies. Death is the natural consequence of sin, an immanent punishment. Human beings chose not to be in communion with God but, because we do not have life in ourselves and from ourselves, He dies. However, there is no sin in Jesus Christ, thus there is no death. It is only for love of us that He accepts to die. He wants to assume and share our human condition to the end.
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Comment by Fr. Ferdinando Bergamelli, SDB