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Wednesday Reflection for 27th March

Wednesday Reflection

In recent weeks many words have been written and reported in the media – about words. Words matter. Words affect others. There seems to be an increasing occurrence of the times when someone (often a person in authority) has said/written/tweeted a sentence or two that has come back to haunt them. An ‘off the cuff’ remark, perhaps, that can have undesirable consequences.

In this particular week, Holy Week, we think about the events that led up to the crucifixion of Jesus. These are given specific prominence due to the words – spoken by Jesus – at the time these events were taking place; the words he spoke, for example, during the Last Supper, or in his responses to the questions posed to him by Pilate. But perhaps the most profound words of Jesus were those he spoke when he was nailed to the cross. What is truly remarkable is that despite the unimaginable physical agony he was enduring at that time, his words are often concerned with the wellbeing of others:

Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing.

Today, you will be with me in paradise.

Behold your son: behold your mother.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

I thirst.

It is finished.

Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

It can be helpful to read the words of scripture slowly, reflectively and repeatedly – as in the Lectio divina https://www.contemplative.org/contemplative-practice/lectio-divina/. Jesus, it seems, was never a rushed speaker. He chose his words carefully. They matter to us and they affect us. And they have desirable consequences.

written  by James Robertson