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Rev. Megan
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Pastor Megan
March 22, 2024


“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
    and by night but find no rest.

Yet you are holy,
    enthroned on the praises of Israel.
In you our ancestors trusted;
    they trusted, and you delivered them.
To you they cried and were saved;
    in you they trusted and were not put to shame.

From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
    my vows I will pay before those who fear him.
The poor shall eat and be satisfied;
    those who seek him shall praise the Lord.
    May your hearts live forever!

All the ends of the earth shall remember
    and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
    shall worship before him.
For dominion belongs to the Lord,
    and he rules over the nations.” Psalm 22:1-5, 25-28

We’ve been following the Gospel of Mark throughout this year, hearing the stories of Jesus’ ministry, miracles, and, this week, trials in Jerusalem. At the end of Mark’s version of the Passion narrative, at about the time you will receive this email on Good Friday, the Gospel recounts Jesus’ final words from the cross: Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani? My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Taken alone, these words encapsulate the desolation of Good Friday. Jesus is alone, mocked, beaten, and tortured nearly to his death. With the last of his strength, he calls out in despair.

But these words were never meant to be heard or read alone. Jesus speaks the first part of the first verse of Psalm 22, inviting those familiar with the scriptures to fill in the rest. Psalm 22 is not a Psalm of lament alone; it ends with the triumph of God over all worldly powers, a triumph that looks like faith and fulfillment for all who are in need. Even to his death, Jesus proclaimed the power of God beyond all human striving. We are called to hold in tension this despair and hope, until the Sun rises on Easter morning.

Peace,

Megan

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