Jesus dies on the cross
“Christ, we need you” (Blessed Paul VI)
JESUS’ WORDS ON THE CROSS
Jesus cried with a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”. Then, turning to his Mother, he said, “Woman, here is your son!”, and to the disciple John, “Here is your mother”. He said, “I am thirsty”. He said, “It is finished”. And finally, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”.
On the cross, Jesus, you prayed. That was the way you experienced the supreme moment of your call and mission.
In that hour you turned to your Mother and to the disciple John. Through them, you also turned and spoke to us. We were entrusted to your Mother. You asked us to welcome her into our lives and to be protected by her, even as you were.
It impresses us deeply that, during an agony which lasted for hours, you cried out to God in the words of Psalm 21, words which express the sufferings but also the hopes of the just.
The evangelist Luke recounts that, at the moment of your death, you said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”. The Father’s response will be your resurrection.
“Omnia nobis est Christus” (Saint Ambrose)
- Christ, we need you, to know ourselves and our destiny.
- We need you to discover the true basis of human fraternity, the foundations of justice, the treasures of charity, the supreme good of peace.
- We need you, the great bearer of our sorrows, to know the meaning of suffering.
- We need you, the conqueror of death, to set us free from despair and denial.
- Christ, we need you, to learn true love and to advance, in joy and with the strength of your love, along our weary way, until at last we encounter you, the beloved, the awaited, blessed for all ages.
All: Pater noster… Stabat Mater
 Mt 27:46; Mk 15:34.
 Jn 19:26, 27.
 Jn 19:28.
 Jn 19:30.
 Lk 23:46.
 G.B. MONTINI, Pastoral Letter Omnia Nobis Est Christus, 1955, Concluding Prayer.