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Saturday, June 24: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

 

MarkThe Gospel of Mark emphasizes Jesus' role as a servant. Join with us as we venture through one section of this vital gospel that recounts many of Jesus' actions during his ministry years.

Read Mark 15:33-36

At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?" (which means "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?").

When some of those standing near heard this, they said, "Listen, he's calling Elijah."

Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. "Now leave him alone. Let's see if Elijah comes to take him down," he said.

 

Reflect

How hard is it to believe in God's presence and love when everything seems dark?

Respond

Instead of pretending all is well when you feel alone or far from God, use the exact words of Jesus to express your loneliness: "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" And remember, the Father never left Jesus' side, and he never leaves yours.

 

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