Good Friday

The anguish of the Cross

About the ninth hour, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eli, eli, lama sabachthani?’, that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you deserted me?’… Jesus, again crying out in a loud voice, yielded up his spirit. Matthew 27:46, 50

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 today. 

Father, help me to find light in the darkness and oneness with you.

We pray for all those who feel abandoned – that the Centre will always be a place of welcome.

Reflection by Cardinal Basil Hume OSB – originally in ‘A Turning to God’, edited by Patricia Hardcastle Kelly (DLT 2007), used with permission