The seven sayings of Jesus on the Cross are gathered from the four Gospels and form a meditation for the waiting......
'Father forgive them, for they know not what they do'
Jesus; Through forgiveness we are saved from pride and resentment; through your forgiveness we are saved from ourselves.
''Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise'
Jesus; you turn away from the challenge ‘save yourself’ towards the plea for mercy -and from your own suffering heart you speak the word ‘yes’.
'Woman, behold your son:
behold your mother '
Jesus; even in your suffering you sensed the distress of Mary; your life with her echoed your desire for the world to become one family; you will not leave us orphans.
' My God, My God, why have you forsaken me'
Jesus; you share our fears; your loving Father, it seems, has turned away. Your cry echoing the prayers of so many.
'I thirst '
Jesus; you give yourself to us like water in the desert but we have withheld our love. You are stricken by your desire for us.
'It is finished'
Jesus; The path of faith is thick with thorns – it has been no easy journey and the end is a promise made in heaven – still unfulfilled on earth. But the truth of your life speaks out
' Father, into your hands I commit my spirit '
Jesus; near death you become the trusting child once more. Mindful of his love and pride you reach out to him now.
The prayer of us all -
'Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me - a sinner'