“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” (Luke 23.34)
“Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23.43)
“Woman, behold your son. Son, behold your mother.” (John 19.26–27)
“My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matt. 27.46; Mark 15.34)
“I thirst.” (John 19.28)
“It is finished.” (John 19.30)
“Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” (Luke 23.46)
Many Christians reflect on these “seven last words” during Good Friday worship services (part of Easter weekend). Jesuit priest and New York Times best-selling author James Martin just published a devotional book called Seven Last Words: An Invitation to a Deeper Friendship with Jesus. In this episode Martin talks about Jesus’s last words, and we reflect on the bridge between academic and devotional publishing.
About James Martin, SJ
James Martin, SJ is a Jesuit priest and editor of America: The National Catholic Review. He’s written for publications like the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, he’s appeared in diverse venues like NPR, PBS, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, BBC, PBS, and Comedy Central (the latter as the official chaplain of the “Colbert Nation”). He’s written over ten books, the latest of which came out in February 2016—Seven Last Words: An Invitation to a Deeper Friendship with Jesus.
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