“Into your hands I commend my spirit”

 

Crucifixion from Korzenna

The Crucifixion from Korzenna (Wikimedia Commons)

“…but when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. He who saw it has borne witness–his testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth–that you also may believe. For these things took place that the scripture might be fulfilled, ‘Not a bone of him shall be broken.’ And again another scripture says, ‘They shall look on him whom they have pierced.’” (Jn. 19:33-37)

“As the Church’s liturgy reminds us, the sacramental life of the Church came into existence when blood and water gushed forth from the pierced side of Christ. Water for Baptism, blood for the Eucharist. Since that moment, the perfect worship of God requires identification with Christ, the one Mediator.” (Rev. Romanus Cessario, O.P., The Seven Last Words of Jesus)

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