Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The Death of Jesus
A reading from St. Luke’s Gospel (23:44-56):
It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon because of an eclipse of the sun. Then the veil of the temple was torn down the middle. Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”; and when he had said this he breathed his last. The centurion who witnessed what had happened glorified God and said, “This man was innocent beyond doubt.” When all the people who had gathered for this spectacle saw what had happened, they returned home beating their breasts; but all his acquaintances stood at a distance, including the women who had followed him from Galilee and saw these events.
Now there was a virtuous and righteous man named Joseph who, though he was a member of the council, had not consented to their plan of action. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea and was awaiting the kingdom of God. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. After he had taken the body down, he wrapped it in a linen cloth and laid him in a rock-hewn tomb in which no one had yet been buried. It was the day of preparation, and the sabbath was about to begin. The women who had come from Galilee with him followed behind, and when they had seen the tomb and the way in which his body was laid in it, they returned and prepared spices and perfumed oils. Then they rested on the sabbath according to the commandment.
We had a beautiful sunny day yesterday and the temperature was around the freezing point.
Below you will find the message of Our Lord, the Son of God, given to Father Melvin. Jesus spoke to him these words,
“Come to My cross My brother Melvin and all My brothers and sisters who believe in Me and love Me. I hung for about three hours on the cross in terrible suffering until I died. Just before dying I shouted these words, ‘Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.’ After My death they took My body from the cross and buried it. They did all that very quickly because the Sabbath was fast approaching.
“Come My friends and contemplate Me as I suffered and died on the cross. See what your sins have caused Me and repent of all your offenses and never sin again. I died for you to save you. I love you all.”