Luke 23:
44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.

In the finality of suffering, Jesus surrenders and commits His human spirit to the Father. Though strength was wasted away, the last breath summoned all remaining energy to say one thing.

At the end, Jesus loudly gave himself to His Father. What a way to go… we see his trust was stronger than his suffering. He took the last remaining resource (his breath) and offered it to God.

In your suffering, God remains in you—His Holy Temple. He does not leave you. In Christ’s final commitment, the sinless one becomes the way through earthly suffering to God’s Presence.

And what does Christ take away from us in our suffering?

Thomas Merton wrote this beautiful verse:
“And Yet With Every Wound You Robbed Me Of A Crime,
And As Each Blow Was Paid With Blood,
You Paid Me Also Each Great Sin With Greater Graces.
For Even As I Killed You,
You Made Yourself A Greater Thief
Than Any In Your Company,
Stealing My Sins Into Your Dying Life,
Robbing Me Even Of My Death.”

[1] Thomas Merton, Selected Poems Of Thomas Merton, 1967 by New Directions Publishing Company