“Now darkness fell upon the land until the ninth hour. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken me.’ …Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week…” (Matthew 27:45-46; 28:1).

From the cross, even Jesus experienced the despairing sense that he was alone and abandoned by God. Such dark moments seem an inevitable part of the faith journey. Our abiding hope, however, is that every night gives way to the dawn; every cross will have its resurrection; the darkness of any circumstance will be redeemed by the Light of the World.

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