Friday, March 27, 2015
Jesus' cry of abandonment on the cross is not in his own words, but in the words of the first line of Psalm 22. By quoting the opening line Jesus is implicitly referring to the whole psalm which ends with an expression of confidence in God:
"My souls lives for the Lord!
My children will serve,
will proclaim God to the future,
announcing to peoples yet unborn,
The first line, "My God, my God, why have your abandoned me," still expresses the extreme alienation from God that Jesus feels in his suffering and death. He has not, however, lost his confidence in his Father's love.
We may have felt the same kind of abandonment, but that doesn't mean that we have lost our confidence in God's saving love.