1st word: Father, forgive them

… with these words, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing,” [Luke 23:34] all our presumptions about God and the salvation wrought by God are rendered presumptuous. Moreover, that is how we discover that what happens on the cross really is about us, but the “what” that is about as challenges our presumptions about what kind of salvation we need. Through the cross of Christ we are drawn into the mystery … This is God’s work on our behalf. We are made members of the kingdom governed by a politics of forgiveness and redemption. The world is offered an alternative unimaginable by our sin-determined fantasies.

Stanley Hauerwas, Cross-Shattered Christ: Meditations on the Seven Last Words, p.31