Fifth Mystery: Jesus is crucified and dies on the cross – Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
Jesus, having overcome all three temptations in the desert, we are told that Satan withdrew from you until an “opportune time.” He found his time in your Passion, your crucifixion and death. Evil reaches its climax when it saw you hanging on the cross. But for you, it was a throne of love and not even death would triumph over you. However, in that dark hour, the world does not realize that yet.
Lord Jesus, we’d like to think we would have chosen to stand at the foot of your cross with your Mother, Mary Magdalen and your beloved apostle, John. But in truth, we shrink from the pain and suffering around us. We lack compassion to the crosses of our family, friends, and neighbors. We do not spend time with you, our God and Savior, and allow ourselves to be distracted, during the Sacraments and in private prayer. We do not share our gifts, talents, and blessings to bring your kingdom to earth. We give in to our physical desires and seek our own comfort. In our dark hours, we lose faith that our trials, our sufferings, our crosses, will not keep us, so long as we rest and wait on you.
As we meditate on your crucifixion and death, may we make our way to the foot of your cross, look at your face tender with love, your entire being thirsting for souls, our souls. May we rest in your arms, outstretched for us, and repeat with love the words you uttered, “Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.”