‘As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. They came to a place called Golgotha (which means, ‘the place of the skull’). There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots. And sitting down, they placed the written charge against him; this is Jesus, the king of the jews.’ Matthew 27: 32-37. NIV
‘From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachtani?’ (which means ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’). When some of those standing there heard this, they said, ‘He’s calling Elijah.’ Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. ‘Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.’ And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. Matthew 27: 45-50. NIV
It is a beautiful day in Carbondale, Illinois. I enjoyed a lovely walk on the campus of SIUC and relished the freedom to do so in our world’s time of great suffering due our 2020 pandemic. It is pay-day Friday…and millions of hard working people are not only not able to draw their paycheck…but they also have no cash reserves…not due to poor planning but because that they require every penny, and then some, that they earn to pay the rent and keep the lights on and buy a little groceries. Thousands are lining up at Food Banks and Pantry’s…and they are running out of food.
Over 6 million Americans applied for unemployment this week…and the total stands at over 10%, thus far. Our government has an over 2 trillion dollar stimulus program and the promise of $1,200 dollar checks.. that are yet to be sent to most of our citizenry…but that does nothing for today…when the cupboard is bare…and the children are crying from hunger…