Twelfth Station of the Cross
JESUS DIES ON THE CROSS
V/. We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
R/. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
From the Holy Gospel according to John:
“Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said to fulfil the Scripture: ‘I thirst.’ A bowl full of vinegar stood there; so they put a sponge full of the vinegar on hyssop and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the vinegar, he said, ‘It is finished’; and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” (Jn 19: 28-30)
Points for reflection:
Jesus’ appeal, “I thirst,” is echoed in the suffering of our less fortunate brothers and sisters. How do we respond to their needs?
His final words, “I am finished,” point to his obedience to the Father. What God-given tasks await completion in each of our lives?
Let us pray for the grace to always hear the cry of our brothers and sisters, and heed the call of our Father.
Reflections adapted from a Way of the Cross version posted by the Vatican’s Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, as written by Sr Maria Rita Piccione, OSA, president of the Our Lady of Good Counsel Federation of Augustinian Monasteries in Italy.
* Instrumental music from the “Vespers” album series courtesy of Jesuit Music Ministry/Jesuit Communications Foundation Inc.
** 360-degree photo of St. Anne’s Parish Church in Molo, Iloilo by Fung Yu.
*** Photos of stained glass windows featuring various stations of the cross by Hubert Pacheco, taken at the Shrine of St Therese of the Child Jesus, Pasay City.