Journey into Freedom Day 45

Jesus on the cross with his mother standing by. The sky is clouded and the sun barely shines.

Preparation: Begin by stilling, then dedicating the time of prayer to God and asking God that all you think, feel and imagine are for the glory of God.

Gift: I ask for deepening sorrow and shame as I enter with Christ in his suffering for my sins. I ask too that I feel anguish and pain with Christ in anguish.

Setting: The women who loved Jesus were watching from the distance. There were probably bystanders and maybe those who had called for Jesus to be crucified. The centurion and his solders were there too as these dramatic events took place. Take up a character in the story and imagine the events taking place and how you and those around you felt.

Mark 15:33-41 HCSB

When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And at three Jesus cried out with a loud voice,

“Eloi, Eloi, lemásabachtháni?” which is translated, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “Look, He’s calling for Elijah!” Someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, fixed it on a reed, offered Him a drink, and said, “Let’s see if Elijah comes to take Him down!”

But Jesus let out a loud cry and breathed His last. Then the curtain of the sanctuary was split in two from top to bottom. When the centurion, who was standing opposite Him, saw the way He breathed His last, he said, “This man really was God’s Son!”

There were also women looking on from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. When He was in Galilee, they would follow Him and help Him. Many other women had come up with Him to Jerusalem.

Jesus on the cross with his mother standing by. The sky is clouded and the sun barely shines.

Follow the meditation on Scripture with a conversation with God and a Final Prayer.

A Thought for Today: 

And just when we would flee…. You come

And make of yourself an offering.

When I go towards you

It is with my whole life.

 - Rainer Maria Rilke