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Seventh word: "It is finished"

8/5/2020
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When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit (Gv 19,30).

Jesus' last word on the cross comes suddenly, and has the speed and brevity of an "Amen". But as normally happens with the language of John, each word has a meaning, however brief it may be, and in order to find it, it is necessary to focus on each element of the sequence which is made up of four sentences: " When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.". In the Italian language, there are two main clauses preceded by two subordinate clauses: drinking the sour wine (a clear metaphor for accepted suffering) and bowing one's head (as a sign of submission and obedience). The two main clauses, on the other hand, summarize, one the passion and the whole meaning of Jesus' life at the end of his mission (It is finished), and the other the wonderful fruit of death (He gave up his spirit), which indicates a voluntary gesture.

Unlike the synoptic gospels, John uses the verb " to give up ", which is full of many meanings. It means not so much a passive surrender to the fatality of death, but rather it expresses the free decision to offer a gift. Which one? The answer is not difficult. We can already see it here, in perfect coincidence with the moment of Jesus' death, it will be the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, which John already anticipates in the encounter of the disciples with the Risen One (Jn 20:22).  Let us now try to take up and study the sentences in question.

The word that immediately precedes death seems to be the final act of something that remains vague and asks to be defined. The text of the gospel simply says: "It is finished!". Other translations put ‘All’ as the subject of the sentence and say "All is finished. This is a legitimate choice, but the question remains: "All" what? One might think that the phrase, since death is now imminent, means more or less "It's over!", as if to translate the relief that comes at the end of a very painful agony. It may be so, but having to do with Giovanni's language, it is instinctive to link the word not only with an end, but even more with a purpose, because what comes to completion must be a plan, a project, an understanding. It is as if Jesus said: "Now and here, in and with this death, I have achieved my life's purpose, I have accomplished my mission, I have fulfilled the purpose for which I came into this world. "

What are the objectives of Jesus that He repeatedly declared in His public ministry? Let’s  remember some of them: "The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." (Mt 20:28); the Good Shepherd says: "  I am come that they might have life, and might have it abundantly " (Jn 10:10); and Jesus in His farewell speech: "I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me" (John 17:20-21). In these three verses there is everything: His goal, that is, a universal brotherhood; His method, His life lived as service and gift of self. What Jesus considers accomplished is therefore the unfolding of His plan. This is also the legacy that Jesus leaves to anyone who tries to walk in His footsteps. It is, after all, Jesus' work to manifest and realize the Kingdom of the Divine Will.

On October 28, 1928 Jesus told Luisa that all that has been done by God, as much in Creation as in Redemption and Sanctification, has not all been absorbed by the creature, but is all in the Divine Will, in waiting, to give itself to creatures. If we could see everything in the Divine Fiat, we would find an army of acts which came out of God to be given to creatures; but because God’s Will does not reign, they have neither the space in which to put them, nor the capacity to receive them. And this divine militia has been waiting for as long as twenty centuries to place itself in office of exercise, so as to bring to creatures the gifts, the clothings, the joys and the divine weapons which each of God’s acts possesses, in order to form together with them one single divine army – a celestial militia.

Now, so that the Kingdom of the Divine Will may reign in the midst of creatures, it is necessary that the creature absorb into herself all of these acts of the Divinity done for love of them - and absorb them so much into herself, as to enclose within herself everything that the Fiat possesses, interiorizing them and consummating them within herself. So, the Divine Will, consummated within the creature, will make this whole divine army reenter into her. All of God’s acts which came out of Him for love of them, in Creation, Redemption and Sanctification, will reenter into creatures, and the  Divine Will, reentered and consummated within them, will feel triumphant and will reign, dominant, together with the divine army.

This is why Jesus does nothing but make her sip, continuously, everything that was done by God and that is done in Creation, Redemption and Sanctification - so as to be able to say once again, as Jesus did on the Cross: ‘I have consummated everything – I have nothing left to do in order to redeem man.’ So His Will will repeat: ‘I have consummated it in this creature, in a way that all Our acts have been enclosed in her - I have nothing left to add. I have consummated everything, so that man might be restored and the Kingdom of my Divine Will may have Its life and Its regime on earth as It does in Heaven.’

It is what Jesus did in the depth of Luisa’s soul in order to form this first Kingdom to the Divine Will…. In fact, once He has done the first, from one creature It will pass on to the next, in such a way that the Kingdom will be populated more than all others. Therefore, Jesus’ love in forming this Kingdom is so great, that in the soul in whom the Divine Volition must reign, He wants to enclose everything that He Himself did in Redemption, that which the Sovereign Queen did, adding what all the Saints have done and do. Nothing must be lacking in her of all divine works; and in order to do this, Jesus puts the whole of His Power, Wisdom and Love in motion.

by don Marco

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