Seven Last Words: An Invitation to a Deeper Friendship with Jesus

Seven Last Words: An Invitation to a Deeper Friendship with Jesus

by James Martin


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Seven Last Words: An Invitation to a Deeper Friendship with Jesus by James Martin

Based on his talks at New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Good Friday 2015, the New York Times bestselling author and editor at large of America magazine offers a portrait of Jesus, using his last words on the cross to reveal how deeply he understood our predicaments, what it means to be fully human, and why we can turn to Christ completely, in mind, heart, and soul.

Each meditation is dedicated to one of the seven sayings:

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

“Today you will be with me in Paradise.”

“Woman, this is your son”  . . .  “This is your mother.”

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

“I thirst.”

“It is finished.”

“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.”

With the warmth, wisdom, and grace that infuse his works, Father James Martin explains why Jesus’s crucifixion and death on the cross is an important teaching moment in the Gospels. Jesus’s final statements, words that are deeply cherished by his followers, exemplify the depth of his suffering but also provide a key to his empathy and why we can connect with him so deeply.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062431387
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/02/2016
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 236,368
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Rev. James Martin, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America magazine, consultor to the Vatican's Secretariat for Communication, and author of numerous books, including the New York Times bestsellers Jesus: A Pilgrimage, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything and My Life with the Saints, which Publishers Weekly named one of the best books of 2006. Father Martin is a frequent commentator in the national and international media, having appeared on all the major networks, and in such diverse outlets as The Colbert Report, NPR's Fresh Air, the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.  Before entering the Jesuits in 1988 he graduated from the Wharton School of Business.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction: The Seven Last Words 1

1 Jesus Understands the Challenge of Forgiveness 13

2 Jesus Understands Doubts About the Afterlife 27

3 Jesus Understands a Parent's Love 41

4 Jesus Understands Feelings of Abandonment 57

5 Jesus Understands Physical Pain 71

6 Jesus Understands Disappointment 85

7 Jesus Understands Self-Offering 103

Conclusion: The Understanding Christ 115

Acknowledgments 127

Notes 129

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