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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 5, 2015

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SATURDAY, September 5

Mark 15:34 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

The dual nature of Christ is one of those theological concepts that I find impossible to wrap my head around—in the words of the Athanasian Creed, “the Son incomprehensible.” Still, during various parts of my spiritual journey, I have been drawn to both the human and divine aspects of Christ.

These words from the cross were spoken by a very human Jesus, facing death as one of us, asking where God could possibly be in the midst of all the pain, struggling with uncertainty about what awaited him on the other side of the veil. Yet, this human Jesus still chose to trust in God’s grace and surrender himself to a brutal death because God was calling him to make that sacrifice.

Imagining Jesus facing death with human faith (rather than divine knowledge) enables me to feel that he really understands my spiritual struggles—all of them, even my biggest questions and fears. Then, having met this human Jesus, I am better able to rejoice in the witness of his friends to the glory of the resurrected Christ and accept the assurance that not even death can separate us from the love of God.

PRAY for the Diocese of Shyogwe (Rwanda)

Ps 30, 32 * 42, 43; 1 Kings 12:1-20; James 5:7-12, 19-20; Mark 15:33-39

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