The Agony of Our Lord in the Garden
by Fr. Peter deSousa
Pray to the Holy Spirit and then prayerfully read Matthew 26: 36-56
I think of people I know who are suffering intensely and have asked me
to pray for them. They may be suffering physically, emotionally or
spiritually and need encouragement, help or comfort to accompany them.
If I cannot be present to pray with and for them, I can do so now.
Jesus identifies with those who are suffering in Mt 25. In prayer, I
can support and strengthen them, as a prayer partner. Perhaps this
will lead me to sharing with them in other practical ways to alleviate
Sometimes we betray others who trusted us or counted on us. We often
take certain people who love us for granted and are not there to help
them. We may even betray their love and trust by negative remarks or
actions. We too feel betrayed, rejected or let down by those on whose
support and love we counted. Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss of
peace. Sometimes we share the peace of Christ with others in a
mechanical way. What is the price I have to pay to reconcile people or
to bring peace to those who are alienated or hurt? Is it the price
that Jesus paid on the cross?
Do I believe in the power of the precious blood of Jesus to forgive,
reconcile and unite us when we are divided or alienated? Ask in faith
in Jesus' name and apply his precious blood to the persons or
situation in need of healing. That includes ourselves when we are
hurt or find it hard to resist temptations. I can vouch for the
tremendous power in the blood of Jesus to work miracles of grace.
Do I rely on the sword … either power shown in words or actions to
protect, defend or avenge myself? Do I cry to God in this hour of
helplessness? Sometimes, God allows us to be victims with Jesus on
the cross, to reconcile and bring his peace to warring parties and to
heal divisions. Our world is urgently in need of reconciliation and
peace on all levels… the home, neighborhood, work-place, parish,
public life, cities and villages where we read about divisions and
war. Many are in gardens of Gethsemane undergoing Jesus' pain and
torment. Let us watch with them and pray.
At the hour of our death may Mary be there to lead us into Paradise.
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