Last words are always important, but surely there can be no last words as significant as those of Jesus on the cross. In these final cries, the humanity and holiness of Christ are there for all to see. This is no deathbed confession. This is a heart full of love reaching out to all suffering humanity.

Rev. Dr. Kip Laxson

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26 As they led Jesus away, they grabbed Simon, a man from Cyrene, who was coming in from the countryside. They put the cross on his back and made him carry it behind Jesus. 27 A huge crowd of people followed Jesus, including women, who were mourning and wailing for him. 28 Jesus turned to the women and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, don’t cry for me. Rather, cry for yourselves and your children. 29 The time will come when they will say, ‘Happy are those who are unable to become pregnant, the wombs that never gave birth, and the breasts that never nursed a child.’ 30 Then they will say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’[b]31 If they do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

32 They also led two other criminals to be executed with Jesus. 33 When they arrived at the place called The Skull, they crucified him, along with the criminals, one on his right and the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing.” They drew lots as a way of dividing up his clothing.

St. Luke 23:26-34 (Common English Bible)
Feb. 26, 2020 (Ash Wednesday): Father, Forgive