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.
Place yourself among those people witnessing the death of Jesus.
Pause for a moment of silence and pay attention to what surfaces within you.
How are you moved to respond?
Heritage word—“When Jesus was ‘handed over’ and no longer able to move about freely, he ‘gave flesh’ to the full meaning of an undivided heart; he accepted insecurity/vulnerability and, with strength, he surrendered with trust in his Father.”
(Sister Anne Mary, 11th Provincial of the Toledo Province)