Readings: Psalms 22, 95, Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-33, 1 Peter 1:10-20, Matthew 27:1-60
"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" - Jesus words from the cross echo back to Psalm 22 composed by King David 100 years before the cross, and to us today as we contemplate our place in the universe, and the state of the world and look for where God is in the mess of it all. The heart of the Father was with the Son at his worst time on the cross. Yes, the weight of the sins of the whole world was upon Jesus, and so he felt apart from God as sin has that effect, separating us from God. But that doesn’t mean the Father’s love was not with him. Indeed, the Father said to Jesus He would glorify him as he was lifted up before men. (John 12). If the Father was with Jesus in his time of desperate need even with the sin of the world heaped upon him, won’t he be there for us, the sinful ones for whom Jesus suffered and died.
Gracious God, the comfort of all who sorrow, the strength of all who suffer: Let the cry of those in misery and need come to you, that they may find your mercy present with them in all
their afflictions; and give us, we pray, the strength to serve them for the sake of him who suffered for us, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.