Astronaut Mark Watney finds himself stranded on Mars, cut off from the authority that was supposed to be watching over him. This is a feeling mirrored in the lectionary readings from Job and the Psalms. The novel/film “The Martian” provides an illustration to explore the experience of feeling abandoned by God.
A responsive reading for use on Good Friday or near the end of Lent. It juxtaposes the various things the people around Jesus thought they were accomplishing through Jesus’ death with what Jesus accomplished through or in spite of their actions.