Christ’s Last Words


There was a question concerning the interpretation of some of the last words of Christ. In regard to His asking, “let this cup pass from me” while in the Garden of Gethsemane and His words, “... why hast thou forsaken me,” while on the Cross, Richard said that although Christ was known as a man of sorrows, this did not refer to personal sorrow. Rather, His sorrow was compassion for the suffering of people due to their continual institution of vicious cycles of cause and effect from which they could not escape karmically. Richard thought that the intent of these last phrases might more nearly express frustration at His not being able to do more for mankind. (09-1968)