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Matthew 27:46. Jesus cried with a loud voice, “…My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
It is impossible for humans to understand God. Our efforts are like exploring the Grand Canyon with our eyes closed. We can get some of the truth but not much of it. When our limited comprehension comes up against wider and deeper truth about God, we often interpret the experience as betrayal, as if God were bound to our limited understandings. How could God care for those I hate? How could God fail to protect those I love? How could God not champion the causes I believe in? How could God forsake me that way?
The humanity of Jesus must have worked the way our humanity does, within human limitations but often forgetting that they are limitations, often forgetting that greater truth lies beyond us. Human pain can make it very hard to see beyond ourselves and our short-sighted convictions. The sense of betrayal by God is often little more than a further revelation of God’s complexity. What the humanity of Jesus saw as betrayal is what subsequent centuries of devotion have seen as the greatest manifestation of God’s love. Go figure.
Today the Church remembers William Wilberforce, 1833.