His Last Words by Alex Rebello


From page 38 in the Alex Rebello is a priest of the Archdiocese of Bombay, India. Ordained in 1968, he has served as pastor, principal of High School and Junior College and Professor at St. Pius College, the major seminary at Mumbai, where he was also Director of Spirituality. He holds a Baccalaureate in Education, a Master’s in History and Theology and a Doctorate in Spirituality from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome. He was deputed to the Pontifical Council for Culture at the Vatican where he served for a decade. He has travelled extensively abroad guiding retreats and conducting seminars on prayer and spirituality.


This is one of the retreats he has given. It took me a while to get into it, but I found it very good and I hope others will do so too. The title gives the contents of the book – the last words spoken by Jesus as he was dying. This is not theological theory. It is a conversational description of what this theology is in our lives.Third Word:

Like mother like children. Like her [Mary] we must learn to say “Yes” to God. Like her we must be ready to accept God’s plans for us even when we do not understand them. Like her we must be ready to prove our fidelity by standing at the foot of the Cross. Her last recorded words in the Gospel are “Do whatever he tells you” (Jn. 2:6). She said these words to the servants at the wedding feast at Cana. She says them to us today. She leads us closer to Jesus for in doing what Jesus tells us, we will experience yet another miracle when Jesus will change the water of our humanity into the wine of his divinity. Let us take Mary into the home of our heart. Let her be the woman we love most!

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