Lent 39 (Good Friday): Thirst

Continuing to pray with the seven last words of Christ. On this Good Friday, the fifth word: “I am thirsty.” (John 19:28) At the last: a most human need. For all of the times you had poured out wine and provided a miraculous feast, now at the end you...

Lent 38 (Maundy Thursday): Forsaken

We pray today on the fourth of Jesus’ seven last words, according to Mark 15:34 — “At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?’ which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken...

Lent 37: Family

The third of Jesus’ seven last words, for prayer and reflection: “Jesus said to his mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.'” (John 19:26-27) We are strangers, you and I, no matter how...

Lent 36: Paradise

The second of Jesus’ seven last words, for your prayer and┬áreflection: “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43). Today. Here and now. You and me. Paradise. Here and now I meet you in paradise: on┬áthe city street —...

Lent 35: Forgiveness

For these days of Holy Week, pray through the seven last words of Jesus. We begin with Luke 23:34 — “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” Take time in prayer to seek a spirit of forgiveness toward someone you begrudge,...

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