My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?

Today is Palm Sunday, also known as Passion Sunday. Christians today commemorate the day Jesus entered triumphantly into Jerusalem for Passover and begin Holy Week, culminating in the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord.

The responsorial psalm in Catholic Masses today was from Psalm 22 – A Cry of Anguish and a Song of Praise. The Psalm opens up with the line “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?”. That same line is spoken by Jesus on the cross right before He dies.

Few verses in the Bible are as powerful and relevant to us as this one. How many times in our lives do we feel as if no one, not even God, is with us? Mother Teresa of Calcutta spoke of times in which she even doubted God’s existence. Hearing the psalm today at Mass made me reflect on all those who suffer oppression of all kinds and types and how these people manage to persevere in their faith despite all odds.

I thought of people like the Damas de Blanco, whose faith is unfettered by the oppression they face on a daily basis; unfettered by doubts and fears for their lives; unfettered by failure and disappointment from their own Church leaders; whose hope lies not in man but in the Lord. Christ’s Passion is lived by all of us in the daily course of our lives, but it’s those that despite these circumstances tell of God’s name to their brethren and “in the midst of the assembly” praise the Lord (Ps 22:22) who will be heard and justly rewarded.

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