Do not forsake me, Oh Lord (Psalm 38:21)Reflections from the Shrine
The Psalmist describes his suffering in vivid fashion, but he knows fully well that God alone can rescue him. Therefore, he cries out to God pointing out that there is “no health in my bones” (Psalm 38:3). Whatever is the nature of his sickness, it has become life threatening and the chances of complete recovery are diminishing. His condition has affected him emotionally. He is crushed and weeping inconsolably (Psalm 38:8). Yet he has faith that his hope of healing, comfort and peace is in God. Therefore, he will wait and pray to God to answer him (Psalm 38:15). For God has promised to come to the aid of those who seek divine providence.
Whatever the nature and scale of the circumstances of our lives, God promises to provide us with divine help. In the midst of our busy lives of trying to contain the challenges we face daily, God comes to us ready to help. Remember the painful suffering of the woman with hemorrhages (Mark 5:25). She had spent all that she had in search of cure, but her condition grew worse (Mark 5:26). Jesus was at her path and she summoned courage to reach behind Jesus, touched his cloak and she was immediately cured (Mark 5: 28-29). Likewise, Jesus met a blind man on the path of his life, where he sat begging to eat. Jesus met him at the spot where he was limited by his physical challenge of blindness. And he was ready to meet Jesus as he cried out with all his might seeking healing from Jesus (Luke 18:38). Even as those who were following Jesus tried to stop him, the blind man yelled loudly for the attention of Jesus and got his cure (Luke 18:39).
Jesus comes into our stressful lives and painful struggles bringing us hope and glory. Jesus reaches out and crosses path with us whenever we are at the crossroad of our lives in search of direction towards comfort and peace. And Jesus leads us to the experience of divine grace and glory. God is ready to meet us at the spot where life leaves us afflicted and challenged. God is ready to meet us at the spot where we have literally stopped ourselves from trying to overcome our challenge. God is ready to meet us at that spot where we have given up and where life has left us dispirited and disheartened. Together at the National Shrine of St Jude, we persevere in pray to experience divine help.
Fr. Ferdinand Okorie, CMF
National Shrine of St. Jude