Darkness pervades today.
The Gospel reading for today recounts the crucifixion of Jesus. They offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. The bandits who were crucified with him also taunted him in the same way as the crowd. All hope is lost. The disciples have fled. The darkness of this hour is almost complete.
For me the most powerful aspect of the crucifixion story is Jesus’ response to all this. He is a man of relatively few words. He does not respond with bitterness and anger, like the bandits next to him. He is not lashing out at the world, like so many of the political figures that clutter the stage these days in our politics. Jesus does not lash out although he had every right to. Instead, he takes the attitude of “Thy will be done.” He knows God will be victorious in this fight. This may not be comforting as we look up and see our Savior crucified to a tree, but it is comforting to know that God’s love stretches well beyond the cross.
Much of the Bible is learning that God is in charge. And as I look at the craziness of our world today, I must rest in the same thing. Perhaps that is the silver lining in these dark texts – the painful parts of scripture – that God transcends it all.