7 last words of GOD

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The Seven Last Words of the LORD

First Word : “Father forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”:

Questions for Reflection: 1. Who is the person(s) who has hurt me the most whom I find difficult to forgive? What hinders me from forgiving this person(s)? Is it my self (My pride) ? Or the negative influence of others (what others will say)? 2. Am I willing to decide to forgive and allow the grace of God to heal our broken relationship and make reconciliation happen? Have I really prayed hard for the grace of forgiveness, healing and reconciliation ? First Word : “Father forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, I have been hurt so much in my life. How I wish this hurt would instantly go! But I find the pain in my broken heart so difficult to bear. Whenever I think of this person who has hurt me so badly, how I wish to seek vengeance to appease my anger! Yet I know that this will not bring peace to my heart and this is not the solution. As I contemplate your face on the cross and your words of forgiveness to your persecutors, I am humbled. Teach me to forgive like you do. Grant me the grace to forgive my enemy. Heal my wounded heart. I also pray for the person who has hurt me Enlighten him, O Lord, as you have enlightened me. May he, too, realize the need to mend our broken relationship. Empower both of us to seek the reconciliation and healing we aspire for in our lives. Lord, let me feel your unconditional love so I can love him as you have loved & forgiven me. Amen. Prayer

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Question for Reflection: What have I done to offend God? How do I feel about my sins? Do I recognize the great compassion of God for me? Have I approached the sacrament of reconciliation to confess my sins and feel the love and mercy of God? Second Word: “Today you will be with me in Paradise .”

Prayer:

Dear Jesus Your kindness to the penitent thief reminds me of your word: “I came not for the righteous but for the sinners…” My Jesus, the thief is not the only sinner. Here I am, I acknowledge I am a sinner & I need you as my savior. Help me to understand that you alone can change me that I have hope to be with you in paradise because you can change my life. Lord You know what mess my life is in right now. Help me Lord. Free me from my slaveries. Free me from my pride, lust, selfishness and greed. Direct my life and make me worthy to be with you in paradise. Amen Prayer

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Question for Reflection: 1. What strikes me in the life of the blessed Virgin Mary? What strikes me in her motherhood? 2. Who are the people I should be grateful for in my life? Have I expressed my gratitude to them in my words and deeds? Third Word : “Woman, here is your son. Son here is your mother .”

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, I thank you for all the blessings I have received in my life, especially the blessing of persons who have made me who I am right now. I thank you for my mother, my father, my family. Many times I have been u ngrateful to them and to you. I have been preoccupied with so many concerns that I have brushed aside my duty to show gratitude. Make me sensitive to their needs and give me the courage to express my love and affection to them. I pray that I will value all the sacrifice, the care & the love they’ve given me. And may I in turn give this sacrifice, care & love to my children. Amen. Prayer

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Question for Reflection: 1. What are my pressing problem and difficulties? Do I feel forsaken by God as I deal with my crisis situation? What are my fears in confronting the overwhelming “storms” in my life? 2. How deep is my faith in the Lord? Have I trusted in his divine providence and love? Have I prayed hard to him to carry me through my many trials and tribulations? Fourth Word : “My God , my God, why have you forsaken me .?”

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Lord Jesus, I am undergoing a lot of difficulties in my life at the moment. Sometimes, I feel the burden is too heavy for me to bear. I need your help. Dispel all the anxieties and fears I feel in my heart. Do not abandon me at this time. Give me courage and strength to hurdle all these problems. Grant me the gift of faith to rely on your divine providence amidst this seemingly unsolvable crisis situation. That even if I can’t feel your presence may I never doubt that you are with me to guide me and strengthen me. When all is dark & gloomy, may I never despair but put my hope in you who is a faithful & merciful GOD. Amen. Prayer

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Questions for Reflection: 1. What do I thirst for in my life? Which temporal thirst quencher am I attached to: wealth, pleasure, or power? Will I truly be happy if I satisfy my thirst with any of them? 2. What attachment am I called to let go of in my life? Can I make a decision to detach from it so as to commit myself to Jesus once again? Fifth Word : “I am thirsty.”

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Lord Jesus, I know how thirsty you are of my love. You have been thirsty because I have opted to quench the thirst with the temporal things of this world. But the more I indulge in them, the more unsatisfied I become. Truly these worldly things have never given me satisfaction. Help me to detach myself from my worldly desires. And instead seek for a deeper more intimate relationship with you. For you alone can quench my thirst. You alone can give me peace, happiness and satisfaction. Amen. Prayer

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Question for Reflection: 1. What are my crosses? What is the greatest cross I have in my life? Do I see my cross as the way to eternal life? 2. How lovingly have I embraced my cross? Have I realized that in my suffering I can discover the transforming power of Christ’s love? Sixth Word : “It is finished.”

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Lord Jesus, I could feel the excruciating pain you are feeling as you hang on the cross. I know that you are doing this because you love me. I realize how foolish I am in complaining about the crosses I carry, about my own suffering. They can never compare to yours. But I still plead: Lord, help me in my suffering. Give me the grace to endure and persevere in my trials. And also help me to understand the problems and suffering that others have been going through. I pray that I will be more compassionate and to reach out to those who are in pain. May I understand that you are molding us, purifying us through all these crosses. Make me yielded to you. Amen. Prayer

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Question for Reflection: 1. How is my personal relationship with God, the Father? Am I willing to entrust my whole self, my whole life to him? 2. How is my personal relationship with my earthly father? Do I trust and respect him? Seventh Word : “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit. ”

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Lord Jesus, when you entrusted yourself to your Father at the moment of death, you showed me your deep faith and trust in him. Lord grant me this grace of entrustment. To trust you even if I can’t understand all these painful events happening in my life. Help me believe that you have allowed these events to happen for a purpose and meaning. Help me to understand that you as my loving father wants always the best for me. May I choose your way though it is difficult and painful. And the courage to enter into your plan and your will. Amen. Prayer

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