This came up again today…
It isn’t that Jesus was denying the reality of his suffering, or quoting a psalm for effect that didn’t reflect his circumstances, but that he was thinking of us even at the bitter(sweet) end of his suffering. Forsaken by all but his father and his closest earthly companions, dying and naked, having given away everything (including his mother) he could call his own, he still found a way to give us more.
The depths of his self-giving continue to astound me. So much of my own experience is of giving from my surplus, rather than my substance, but we are called to truly imitate Christ, and give not from our surplus, and not even of our best, but to give our everything. I’ve got a long way to go.
- Evening Prayers April 5 2009
- Morning Prayers April 6 2009