In the Seventh Fruit, Bonaventure reflects upon the sentencing of Jesus to death by Pontius Pilate, his torture and execution on the cross. He again sets in stark contrast the impiety of Jesus’ persecutors with his humility, mercy and grace. Bonaventure seeks to portray yet again for his audience, as promised in his prologue, the nature of a life crucified with Christ. In this fruit, Bonaventure seeks to underscore the humility of Christ. Rather than vindicating himself against his persecutors, Jesus allowed them to take his life. The purpose of this sacrifice was ultimately the salvation of humanity. Within the sufferings of Christ, Bonaventure finds spiritual healing for all who belong to Christ. In addition to examining the sufferings of Jesus, Bonaventure likewise seeks to examine the last statements of Jesus from the cross from his declaration of his thirst to the entrusting of his mother to the care of his beloved disciple. In each moment, Bonaventure seeks to find the deeper significance of each moment in the last hours of Christ’s earthly life. Join us this week as we explore the passion of Christ as seen through Bonaventure’s reading of the Gospels.

An image of Mary viewing the body of Jesus, which has been taken down from the cross.

Michelangelo’s Pieta .

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