It is finished (John 19:30).
No one can escape the finality of those words. As you contemplate this scene of Our Lord’s death, imagine being there at the foot of the cross. Feel the chill of the cold wind blowing on your face. Hear the weeping of Mary Magdalene and the village women and our Blessed Mother holds the lifeless body of her innocent Son in her arms. Experience the deep pain of watching Joseph of Arimathea place His broken body in the tomb. The tomb was such an empty and cold place, even in death.
Lord Jesus, one of the last things you said before you died was, “I thirst.” You thirst for souls, you thirst for my soul. I reflect on my soul in light of your words, Lord. Is it empty and cold like the tomb you were laid in? In Your great mercy and love for me, Jesus, you have provided an opportunity to soften my heart and make my soul a warm and inviting place for your to live: the opportunity that is received through the sacrament of Reconciliation. I need your help to overcome my fear and weakness. Fill me with true contrition for my sins and a deep desire to begin again with the grace you pour down on me in this sacrament of love.
After this, aware that everything was now finished, in order that the scripture might be fulfilled,* Jesus said, “I thirst” (John 19: 28).