Good Friday – The anguish of the Cross

Scripture Reading – Matthew 27:45,46,50

From the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eli, eli, lama sabachtani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you deserted me?’ … Jesus, again crying out in a loud voice, yielded up his spirit.

Cardinal“The words of Psalm 22 which our Lord prayed on the Cross expressed the experience of darkness and abandonment, the experience which was his at that moment.

We pray those words today to recall the anguish of mind which the Son of God knew; recall too the anguish of mind and sense of abandonment and darkness experienced by men and women down the ages, and no less in our own time.

There are many who experience darkness and abandonment. Our prayer is that they, and indeed perhaps we also, should find in that experience the light which dispels the darkness, and sense the oneness with God which empties abandonment of its anguish, and that we should find life, life hidden with Christ in God which is the Easter grace and fruit of that redemption about which we think and pray, and sense so poignantly.”

Prayer

Father, help me to find oneness with you.

For the Cardinal Hume Centre

Father, help those who find themselves alone and abandoned. In the darkness, help the Centre to show them that there is still hope.

happy teenager portrait“I thought my future would be homelessness depression drugs and nothingness. Now I have a future because you gave me a chance.”

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