Why does Jesus suggest that He has been forsaken on the cross?


What does the Church teach about what Jesus meant when he said, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

I can’t come up with what might be a simple explanation, so maybe you folks know the answer. Thanks in advance.



Dear Stuart,

You are right. The answer is quite simple. Jesus was merely beginning Psalm 22:

"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?

…my mouth is dried up like a potsherd and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you have laid me in the dust of death.

,My hands and feet have shriveled; I can count all my bones. They stare and gloat over me; they divide my clothes among themselves, and for my clothing they cast lots…

…You who fear the Lord, praise him!

Far from a statement of dispair, the psalm ends, proclaiming God’s goodness. May we die with such praise of God on our lips!

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

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