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"Why have you forsaken me?"

A Good Friday Reflection
When Pastor Alex asked me to do one of the seven last words, I asked “which one;” he replied—“the hardest” (I was not sure if that is a privilege or a punishment). What he probably does not remember was he asked me to do the same thing four years ago in Trafalgar Towers—“my God, my God, why have you forsaken me.” Which made it doubly difficult because I do not like repeating myself —as if anybody remembers what I said or was even here in Union Church of Manila (UCM) 4 years ago.

It is that difficulty that made me ponder. Why is “my God, my God, why have you forsaken me” the hardest to understand and explain. Having taught theology, I know the theological difficulty behind this fourth of the seven last words. And it is how can God die, or much more, how Yahweh the Father can forsake Yahweh the Son. It blows the mind because it does not fit in the theological givens of what we have affirmed so far in orthodox Trinitarian doctrine. We affirm in the extended …