The Twelfth Station Jesus Dies

Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said: “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” And having said this, he breathed his last.

Luke 23:46

“We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you, because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.”

What greater pain is there for a mother
than to see her son die right before her eyes!
I, who had brought this saviour into the world
and watched him grow, stood helplessly beneath his cross
as he lowered his head and died.
His earthly anguish was finished, but mine was greater than ever.
Yet, this had to be and I had to accept it,
so I stood by and I mourned silently.

My Jesus,
have mercy on me
for what my sins have done to you and to others.
I thank you for your great act of love.
You have said
that true love is laying down your life for your friends.
Let me always be your friend.
Teach me to live my life for others,
and not fail you again.

Additional Resources

The Cause of Death

Jesus’ death after only three to six hours on the cross surprised even Pontius Pilate. The fact that Jesus cried out in a loud voice and then bowed his head and died suggests the possibility of a catastrophic terminal event. Jesus’ death may have been hastened simply by his state of exhaustion and by the severity of the scourging, with its resultant blood loss and preshock state.

[On The Physical Death of Jesus Christ—Edwards et al, 1986]

The Cross

As Thomas Aquinas said, “If you want the perfect exemplification of the Beatitudes, look to Christ crucified.”

“If you want to be happy, despise what Jesus despised on the cross, and love what Jesus loved on the cross.”

[Catholicism – Fr Robert Barron]

Blood and Water

The gospel of John describes the piercing of Jesus’ side and emphasizes the sudden flow of blood and water. The water probably represented serous pleural and pericardial fluid, and would have preceded the flow of blood and been smaller in volume than the blood. The blood, in contrast, may have originated from the right atrium or the right ventricle.

[On The Physical Death of Jesus Christ—Edwards et al, 1986]

You Loved

My Jesus, you died on the Cross as our Saviour. I thank You for Your great act of love. Help me despise what You despised on the cross – wealth, pleasure, honor, and power. And love what You loved on the cross – doing the will of Our Father, hungering for righteousness, being the peacemaker, and being the bearer of the Your Divine Mercy. Your crucifixion is truly a picture of freedom and a picture of joy.

[Roque Ip]