The Seven Last Words of Christ have long been a Christian observance, especially on Good Friday.
Earlier today I was reflecting on Jesus first words in John’s Gospel, and I wondered how the Lord’s first utterances compared. Maybe they deserve a musical setting, too. The synoptics in chronological order, then John at the end:
Luke 2:49, the finding in the Temple:
Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?
Matthew 3:15, at his baptism:
Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.
Mark 1:15, after the return from the desert:
This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.
John 1:38, the inquiry of John’s disciples:
What are you looking for?
The latter two especially seem appropriate for the season of Lent.
I’m giving some thought to a musical setting. It will go way on a back burner, but it’s something to think about.