Was He speaking to the chief priests and temple guards, or was Satan lurking in the shadows that night? O Most Holy Trinity, cause the knowledge and love of the Sacred Passion of Gethsemane to be diffused in the world. Jesus sang! Because of the agony Jesus suffered, this rock would later be called The Rock of Agony. He said: "But this is your hour - the triumph of darkness." St. Paul once wrote that when he was weak he was strong. In his Gospel, Saint Luke records what I consider to be one the two most terrifying words in Scripture, “And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.” One needs only to look at recent cinematic portrayals of the life of Christ to see that many have interpreted the “opportune time” to be Christ’s agony in the garden of Gethsemane. He wrestled with yielding to God's will. Or is He strengthened as Sister Emmerich noted. He looked at Judas with such love. (John 13:15-17). Previously, He had brought Peter, James and John to the top of a mountain, Mount Tabor and strengthened them by showing them His transfigured Self. Behold your house will be abandoned, desolate. We here at Our Catholic Prayers wish you and yours blessings for the rest of Lent and for the Easter season! Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. In the Garden of Gethsemane, the new Adam accepts the Will of God and will obediently stretch out His arms upon the tree to erase sin and give life unto the world. He told her that âI saw the offences, sins, and crimes that were to be committed throughout the agesâ¦I not only witnessed them but was invested in them [emphasis mine]â¦so that under the burden of their ignominy I was constrained to present Myself before the face of My all-holy Father and implore Him to show mercy. If we give up sins, His suffering will be less. He wanted to have a last supper with His disciples. They were asleep, again. He must have looked at these three, who had fallen asleep, and thought: They were the best of the lot, and they couldn't be depended on. This âPrayer to Agonizing Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemaneâ is taken from a Eucharistic Vigil Guide published in 1970âs. (He knew the twelfth would betray Him.) Strength in Weakness: With the Grace of True Humility, Prayers to the Holy Spirit: For Guidance When We Need It Most, Some Thoughts About Jesus' Ascension Into Heaven. He wanted to have a last supper with His disciples. Jesus had overheard them squabbling over who would be first. Jesus had to realize that the worst atrocities against humanity were to be committed after His great sacrifice, and the triumph of the Cross. The bloody sweat recorded by Saint Luke are also the first drops of blood shed by Our Lord. How do we protect ourselves and our families against the powers of hell? "Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?" Satan is still spewing out his hate and venom upon the world, using man to do his dirty work. O Jesus, Who in the excess of Your love to win hearts, do give abundant graces to those who meditate on your holy passion in Gethsemane, I pray You to lead my heart and soul to think often of the most bitter agony You suffered in the Garden, to pity You and to join with You completely. "My purpose here is the fulfillment of Scripture. An Angel came to console the Lord. The Second Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary. However, we do get an intriguing inkling as to just how emotionally painful this brief period of time in prayer was for our Lord in these lines from Lukeâs gospel: âAnd falling into an agony He prayed the more earnestly. Prayers to the Sorrowful Mother: to Honor and Console Our Lady, A Rosary Meditation on the Assumption of Mary, Devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus: For Reparation and Salvation. Yet Scripture doesn’t reveal much about Jesus’ emotional turmoil that night in the Garden before His arrest, show trial, and execution. Then He said, "One of you will betray Me." What had He ever done to them, or to us? We see Jesus often in a heroic pose, such as in this rendition above. He fulfilled the promise He made, "I will be with you always, until the end of the world." In the Song of the Suffering Servant, the prophet Isaiah prophesies of Christ, “On Him was laid the iniquity of us all.” In order for the death of Christ to serve as atonement for sins, He had to take on the guilt of those sins. It is where Our Lord first begins to suffer. Jesus gave them a last teaching. And this is not counting the staggering number of victims, in other so-called civilized countries throughout the world, who are falling for Satan's plan for annihilation of the world. Fasting and abstinence are means to strengthen our souls, and give prayer cover to the Angels to protect us from the evil one. We are called to reflect on Christâs Agony in the Garden in the first Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary. (Matt 26:25) after which Judas left. "But before all this happens, men will seize you and persecute you; they will hand you over to the synagogues and to imprisonment, and bring you before kings and governors because of My Name....You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends, and some of you will be put to death. The Souls in Purgatory are in a Constant State of Union with God, 5 Reasons the Catholic Church is the True Church, "Choosing the Better Portion" During this Special Time of Year, Christifying Thanksgiving: The Thanksgiving Table Blessing. Wake up, and pray that you may not be subjected to the trial." We must become prayer warriors. I do not know if there is something in me that find it interesting or if perhaps God wants me to get something from it, but it has been the scripture I have thought about the most, by far, in the past month or so. Sister Emmerich herself saw âall the sins, wickedness, vices, and ingratitude of mankind torturing and crushing him to the earth.â. (Luke 22:48). Our Lord described the scene in riveting detail to another mystic Sister Josefa Menendez in the 1920âs, as related in the book Christâs Appeal for Love. Jesus knew why He had been sent to the earth. He shall crush your head while you strike at his heel.”. O most Holy Jesus, Who bore during that night the weight of all our sins and paid for them, please grant me the great gift of contrition for my many sins which caused You to sweat blood. He could hear commotion not far off. He grieved over the blatant betrayal against His Father by man, down through the centuries. ( Log Out / St. Michael the Archangel inspired this important tribute to the nine choirs of angels. Be not afraid, we are with you, fighting by your side. Judas averted Jesus' eyes. He suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane, and perhaps other times as well, in anticipation of the wrath of God which He would bear (cf. At this point, a riot broke out. In her visions we see Jesus overwhelmed by visions of humanityâs sins, as well by as the ingratitude of so many of those for whom He would be crucified! Jesus, did You say, once again: "Well, I Love you, I heal you, I forgive you, even as you plan My death on the Cross."? Raiderdad November 25, 2008, 4:02pm #1. He joined Journeys of Faith after 17 years as a Professional Chemical Engineer. Although His strong focus this evening, was that of putting all things in order for His disciples, and His Church, the upcoming events kept breaking through His consciousness. All of them sang as they left the Upper Room; and they continued singing as they walked past Caiphas' palace, where Jesus would return that very night under much different circumstances. Apologetics. We know He must have seen the brutal outrage against humanity, committed by Mao Tse-Tung, Josef Stalin and Adolf Hitler in this twentieth century. He tells the apostles Peter, James and John as they approach Gethsemane that âmy soul is sorrowful, even unto deathâ (Matt 26:38). Peter, still not quite awake, pulled out a sword, and began flailing it through the air. "Put on the armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. Praise to You, most sweet but vastly sorrowful Jesus, for the prayer at once human and divine which poured forth from Your agonized heart during that night of ingratitude and of treason. We are offering Podcasts of our website's Scriptural Rosary pages. With iconoclasm on the rise, this is a crucial time to reinvigorate our faith!
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