Matthew 27:32-56

The Way of the Cross

As they were going out, they met
a Cyrenian named Simon; this man
they pressed into service
to carry his cross.

The Crucifixion

And when they came to
a place called Golgotha
(which means Place of the Skull),

they gave Jesus wine to
drink mixed with gall. But
when he had tasted it,
he refused to drink.

After they had crucified him,
they divided his garments
by casting lots;

then they sat
down and kept
watch over him there.

And they placed over
his head the written charge
against him: This is Jesus,
the King of the Jews.

Two revolutionaries
were crucified with him,
one on his right and
the other on his left.

Those passing by reviled
him, shaking their heads

and saying, “You who would
destroy the temple and
rebuild it in three days,
save yourself, if you are
the Son of God, [and] come down from the cross!”

Likewise the chief priests
with the scribes and
elders mocked him and said,

“He saved others; he cannot
save himself. So he is the
king of Israel! Let him
come down from the cross now,
and we will believe in him.

He trusted in God; let him
deliver him now if he
wants him. For he said,
‘I am the Son of God.’”

The revolutionaries who
were crucified with him also
kept abusing him in the same way.

The Death of Jesus

From noon onward, darkness came over
the whole land until three in
the afternoon. (h, i)

And about three o’clock
Jesus cried out in a loud voice,
“Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?”*
which means, “My God, my God,
why have you forsaken me?”

Some of the bystanders who
heard it said, “This one is
calling for Elijah.”

Immediately one of
them ran to get a sponge;
he soaked it in wine, and
putting it on a reed, gave
it to him to drink.

But the rest said, “Wait, let
us see if Elijah comes
to save him.”

But Jesus cried out again
in a loud voice, and gave up his spirit.

And behold, the veil of the
sanctuary was torn in two
from top to bottom. The earth
quaked, rocks were split,

tombs were opened,
and the bodies of many
saints who had fallen
asleep were raised.

And coming forth from
their tombs after his
resurrection, they
entered the holy
city and appeared to many.

The centurion and the men
with him who were keeping
watch over Jesus feared
greatly when they saw the
earthquake and all that was
happening, and they said,
“Truly, this was the Son of God!”

There were many women
there, looking on from
a distance, who had
followed Jesus from
Galilee, ministering to him.

Among them were Mary
Magdalene and Mary
the mother of James
and Joseph, and the
mother of the sons
of Zebedee.


From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

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