From noon onward, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And about three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” - Matthew 27:45–46
“When we face the most difficult and painful situations, when it seems that God does not hear, we must not be afraid to entrust the whole weight of our overburdened hearts to him, we must not fear to cry out to him in our suffering, we must be convinced that God is close, even if he seems silent.” - Pope Benedict XVI
Moments from death with the entire weight of the our sin hanging on His shoulders, Jesus cried out to His Father. Jesus knew that in the precise moment that He felt most alone, even abandoned in the silence that the Father was still close to him and able to hear his cry.
Pope Benedict tells us that “the cry of extreme anguish is at the same time the certainty of an answer from God, the certainty of salvation — not only for Jesus himself, but for ‘many’” - for you and for me.
When have you felt abandoned, alone, overburdened by the weight of the world? Do you cry out to God with honesty and trust that even if all seems silent that He hears you and loves you?
Prayer for today:
Jesus, you know what it means to be alone - to be abandoned even by your followers and left to die on a cross. Help me in difficult moments not to despair, but to trust that I have a heavenly Father who hears me, cares for me, and loves me. Thank you, Jesus. Amen.