Fourth Word | Seven Last Words of Christ
The fourth word is from Matthew 27:46 & Mark 15:34: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Jesus talks directly to God for the second time. I found this utterance more difficult to reflect on than the others. I had to lean back in my chair, put my hands behind my head, and stare at the words for a long time. I needed to carefully consider the words, “why have you forsaken me.” I did a little research and read in the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “in the redeeming love that always united him to the Father, he assumed us in the state of our waywardness of sin, to the point that he could say in our name from the cross: ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’” (n. 603). I also read Psalm 22, which has the line, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” So my reflection is a bit different. It is not that God has abandoned me, but that we can abandon God by not trusting in His love for us. We need to remember that Jesus was suffering for us and is in communion with us. It is our sins that are on the cross, and thus we need to realize that God is always with us and does not abandon us. He loves us and forgives us. He waits for us to be welcomed into our lives. Are you willing to let Him in?