Agony, arrest, trial, and denial are four movements that bring Jesus closer to Calvary. As you pray the Passion Narrative, go slowly, allowing the scenes of this tragic, yet salvific drama to draw you into their mystery.
In the Agony in the Garden, Jesus’ suffering was the more intense because his closest friends slept while he was in such great emotional pain. Sleep was the anesthesia to avoid being with Jesus in his hour of agony. Is sleep sometimes a pain-deadener for you also?
Think of it: Jesus needs you to pray with him. We are ordinarily aware of ourselves doing the praying, God doing the answering. However, the Lord needs your prayer for his Body that still suffers. Pray so that the agony of others may be the less because you are vigilant in prayer beside them.
What are these?
Jesus grieving unto death v. 38
Not my will, but Yours be done. v. 39
Awake and watching with You v. 40
Peter remembered and wept v. 75
This is the ninth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
We continue reading the Gospel of Matthew.
Gethsemane – Carl Bloch, detail http://www.patheos.com