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Seventh Word 2020

"Father! Into your hands I place my spirit!"

By Cailin P. Balla

(Cailin is currently studying at De La Salle University- Dasmariñas in the STEM course.)


As Jesus said this, He breathed His last. With these words, Jesus displays a sense of trust, a sense of commitment, and a sense of surrender towards God. Jesus commends His spirit to God, and with it, He entrusts His whole being to God the Father. Even at His dying breath, Jesus stays committed to the Lord. Without fear, He accepts whatever may lie ahead, surrendering fully. For He knows, wholeheartedly, that God has a plan.

After life on earth, there is a life with God. In Jesus’ words, this is proven. Knowing that His end was near, Jesus still proclaims that His spirit be with the Lord. Truly, with God, there is everlasting life.

Jesus shouts out these words, despite His weakened state and his knowledge of His limited time. He knows that God could have heard His thoughts, but He chose to shout them out instead. These words might not have been uttered for Jesus Himself; He might have intended these for us to hear. It might have been God’s will, or it might have been Jesus’ will. Whichever it was, Jesus fulfilled that.


Jesus calls us to hear and be blessed. He calls us to entrust ourselves fully to the Lord, just like He had done. This is a call for us all, especially in this time of need. As the year 2020 progresses, we are faced with different challenges: a volcanic eruption, a near world war, and most recently, an increasing pandemic, Covid-19. We have to remember that God won’t abandon us, but we must also take action. Not everybody has the same privileges, so, as a true Christian, we should give when and where we can. Like Jesus’ commitment to the Father, we must also be there for others in sensitive times. As members of a community, we have to stand up and help others. And when we have done our part, like Jesus, let us entrust everything in Father's merciful hands.



Prayer 


Lord, You are all good and almighty. We recognize that You have a plan for us and we entrust our whole being to You. We would like to ask for Your forgiveness and mercy for the mistakes that we have committed both unknowingly and knowingly. We thank You, O Lord, for being our light and being our guide, especially in this time of need. We pray that You continue to be here, and to help us realize that everything we do has an effect on the wider community. Please help us through this sensitive time, Lord. Help us to put our trust in Your unfailing love. Amen.
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