Toward the end Jesus began to feel abandoned by his friends. He knew that his disciples had little courage. In the Garden his apostles fell asleep. Earlier at the Last Supper he had said: “An hour is coming…has indeed already come .. .when you will be scattered and each of you go his way, leaving me quite alone. [Yet I can never be alone; the Father is with me] “ (Jn 16).
Jesus, who chose to share with us in all things except sin, chose to share one of humankind’s deepest fears, namely, dying, abandoned and alone. Throughout his ministry he was aware that his Father was with him. When he actually hung on the Cross the heart that had been continually embraced by the Father underwent a great desolation. He felt emptiness and helplessness. Above all, he felt a profound spiritual desolation.. He called out: “My God! My God! Why have you forsaken me?” (Mt 27).
Lord Jesus, I have no way of knowing to what degree I shall share your feeling of emptiness and helplessness. In my hour of trial I pray that I may join my suffering with yours, and be raised up with you.