Speak Lord: Alone

Crucifix II, The Church of the Ark , Nowa Huta.jpg

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

All who see me deride me.
They curl their lips, they toss their heads.
‘He trusted in the Lord, let him save him;
let him release him if this is his friend.’

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Many dogs have surrounded me,
a band of the wicked beset me.
They tear holes in my hands and my feet
I can count every one of my bones.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

They divide my clothing among them.
They cast lots for my robe.
O Lord, do not leave me alone,
my strength, make haste to help me!

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

I will tell of your name to my brethren
and praise you where they are assembled.
‘You who fear the Lord give him praise;
all sons of Jacob, give him glory.
Revere him, Israel’s sons.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Psalm 21:8-9,17-20,23-24

The Responsorial Psalm at Mass today, the last Sunday of Lent, Palm Sunday, places on our lips Jesus’ prayer at the Cross: ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’

It is a cry of desolation – but note the progression of the psalm. The psalmist begins in desolation at finding himself abandoned by God. There is no denying the agony he experiences, but neither does he stay there – he moves (and the move is more clearly described in the full psalm) to a renewed faith in God and in his future.

The Passion narrative at Mass today ends with Jesus being buried. And then? What next? We wait to see, as so often we have to do in life. But the thrust of the Liturgy is to help us deepen our faith and love of God, and to better, more faithfully, deal with the challenges of life as we experience them.

  • Where might you feel alone abandoned?
  • Why?
  • How might God, unnoticed, be there?

Detail of Crucifix, Church of Nowa Huta, Cracow, Poland. (c) 2013, Allen Morris

 

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