Friday, March 26, 2010

Eucharistic Way of the Cross: Twelfth Station

Align CenterJesus Dies on the Cross

With His suffering at an end, Jesus announces, “It is finished,” and gives up His Spirit. His bloody sacrifice fulfills the animal sacrifices once offered by the Jews in the Temple, and so the Temple curtain rips from top to bottom as the earth trembles and the sky darkens. The true “Lamb of God” has been slain.

At Mass:

We sing or recite:

“Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: grant us peace.”

Jesus is the Lamb of God that is foreshadowed by the Passover lambs sacrificed and consumed by the Jews since the time of Moses. His death cleanses the world of sin and His Blood washes us and makes us new creatures in God’s eyes. Through His death, God will “Have mercy on us” and “Grant us peace.”

The Jews sacrificed new lambs every year at Passover, unable to fill the void between them and God. But with Jesus’ death “It is finished” – mercy and peace has triumphed.

[For an explanation of the series of meditations on the Way of the Cross, see this Introduction.]

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