The words of our Lord from the cross, namely ‘my God my God why have you forsaken me?’
…are not remembered so much because it begins Psalm 22,
…and drives the hearer deeper and deeper into the meaning and suffering of the Messiah,
…even though that was no doubt our Lord’s prime intention.
No for many the words have found a home in our hearts for the simple fact that Jesus,
…is actually able to find and express the words that many have felt and continue to feel as they walk their own personal via dolorosa.
And you can see it can’t you,
…how that prayer strikes the face of many that never utter the words at all.
The mother struggling to raise her children alone;
…the young man caught working the worst of jobs paying little to support his growing family;
…the sinner, day after day falling into the same sins, helpless and feeling hopeless before the worst of himself.
My God, why have you forsaken me?
Go back to the Psalm.
There is meaning to our suffering.
There is meaning to our pain.
There is hope; and why?
Because as the Psalm concludes, Jesus has done it.
We’ll talk tomorrow. in Christ, patrick