Jesus’ Seven Last Words tell us a story of Jesus’ sufferings during His last hours in Calvary while fulfilling His mission. He speaks about forgiveness, mercy, love, abandonment, suffering, accomplishment and total surrender to God.
Join us as we reflect on Jesus’ 7 Last Words as our fellow parishioners share their own experiences of suffering and fulfilling Christ’s mission here on earth, in light of their family lives. Together with them, let us meditate on our individual crosses and trust that amidst our sufferings,God is always there for us, as we too are called to be present for each other.
The First Word: “Father Forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”- Lk 23:34
Speaker: Andrea Celestino
Sometimes we make mistakes not realizing that we have hurt others or others hurt us twithout them realizing. This is especially true with people close to us, like our family. We easily take their feelings for granted, creating gaps in the relationship. They are easy to hurt, but sometimes hard to forgive, as we fill our hearts with greed and pride. Like the criminals who were beside Jesus, we too are sometimes unaware of the pain we cause others. Are we ready to forgive and ask for forgiveness?
The Second Word:”Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”- Lk 23:43
Speaker: Catherine Ong
Ministry: Youth of San Antonio (Luke)
A lot of times, we have been impatient and irritated at our family members. We disregard their kind actions and refuse to accept their help. We too have our flaws, yet we rebuke them for the same flaws. When we realize that what we have done or said was out of hand, did we show sorrow and ask for forgiveness?
The Third Word: Jesus said to His mother: “Woman, this is your son.” Then He said to the disciple: “This is your Mother.”- Jn 19:26-27
Speaker: Carina Samson
They say, parents will always love their children, but why is it so easy for children to abandon their parents? Jesus calls us to reflect on our relationship with our parents and return the love that they have unconditionally given us.
The Fourth Word: “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”-Mt 17:46 & Mk 15:34
Speaker: Winnie Powell Mueller
Ministry: Marian Cenacle
At some point in our life, we have experienced deep suffering and felt abandoned by our family. During these times, did we turn to God? How did the situation affect our prayer life and our relationship with God?
The Fifth Word: “I thirst.”- Jn 19:28
Speaker: RJ LIMPO
We all desire for a perfect family life — a perfect marriage, a perfect relationship with our parents, with our children, with our siblings, but no matter how hard we try, there seems to be something missing; something does not seem to be satisfied. What is it we thirst for? What will it take to fill the void?
The Sixth Word: When Jesus had received the wine, He said: “It is finished.” And He bowed His head and handed over the Spirit.-Jn 19:30
Speaker: Nelia B. Navarrete
Ministry: Health Care
Just like any relationship, family life requires effort to make things work. Sometimes, things get out of control and all we can do is to surrender to God. We just need to trust in Him to take control for us, until we can finally say “It is finished.”
The Seventh Word:Jesus cried out in a loud voice:”Father into Your hands I commend My Spirit.”- Lk 23:46
Speaker: Tricia Monsod
Ministry: Family & Life
As we undergo deep trial and personal difficulties in our family life, it is very easy to just give up. We easily fall into temptation and conveniently choose the easy way out. As Jesus was enduring all the pain in fulfilling His mission, He too was tested, but He fought the most difficult battle until the end and lifted everything to the Father.
Seven Last Words will be on Mar. 25 (Friday) at 1pm at the Main Church. Everyone is invited to attend.