Why Have You Forsaken Me?

“Eloi, eloi, lema sabachthani.” Jesus’ last words on the cross. “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” Many have asked why Jesus would feel that his father in heaven had forsaken him. Some have pointed out that Jesus was reciting Psalm 22 from memory, a psalm which begins with those very words “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” As a matter of fact, Psalm 22 gets even more hopeless than that. The psalmist says, “O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but find no rest.” As a matter of fact, Psalm 22 goes on to uncannily describe just what Jesus was facing on the cross: “I am poured out,” it says, “like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my

Face Time With Jesus

So the Greeks wished to “see Jesus” did they? They’d gone to Philip, so it seems, and had said, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip – the disciple – in turn went to Andrew and said, “They want to see Jesus.” Almost lie, “What do we do now?!” After all, these Greeks were not part of the chosen people. These were not Jews. When you hear the work, “Greeks” in today’s gospel, hear “foreigners.” Foreigners wished to see Jesus. Well, Andrew didn’t have a clue, so he went to Jesus himself and said, “There are some … um … Greeks who wish to see you!” Don’t you wonder what the big deal was? Some people wanted to see Jesus and would have been SO simple to take care of the need on the spot

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