Sorrowful Mystery: The Agony in the Garden

Bible Passage related to the Mystery: Luke 22:40-46 (NRSV)
When he reached the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.” Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.” Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength. In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground. When he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping because of grief, and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not come into the time of trial.”

Reflection:
Jesus is in front of His Father and when He is, He offered the cup of suffering, He is in such excruciating pain that His sweat became like drops of blood. Have we ever thought what is the pain that He was going through at that moment?

  1. He sees the torture, the suffering and the crucifixion He needs to go through,
  2. What hurts Him more is the pain of the sins of the world – seeing every brother and sister of His, you and I included constantly sinning, every injustice, every infidelity.
  3. He is without sin but if He accepts this cup of suffering from the Father, He takes the sins of the world upon Himself. When we sin, we move away from God, and likewise, He knew that when He takes upon the sins of the world, he too wouldn’t be able to experience the Father’s love.

And hence through this pain, He is weakened in His human nature and asks His father “if you are willing, remove this cup from me” but even then, He manages to say “not my will but yours be done”. What courage it must have taken for Him to say yes and accept the cup of suffering from God! But because of the courage, He took that day we have SALVATION today.

Reflect:

  1. Am I overwhelmed with grief like Jesus was when I don’t experience the love of the Father because of my sin?
  2. There are times in my life when I go through trials and difficulties, pain and anguish. Am I able to surrender and tell God, ‘May your will be done’?
  3. Am I ready to go through few hardships for the sake of my brother/sister – it could be staying late to help a colleague or friend at work or in studies, being there to take a brother or a sister to the hospital at an inconvenient time or just taking time out to lend a listening ear?

Life Sharing:
When my husband lost his job and we learned that we were expecting our second child, we were scared at first. However, as we slowly started telling God ‘May your will be done in our lives’! We began to see the plan He had for our lives. We saw His faithfulness in bringing our family back to our hometown and giving us jobs that gave us the flexibility of being there for family and being active in the community.
Even as a mother of two, I struggle to be patient with my children. However, I realize that each time I’m agitated, irritated or angry, a small prayer of surrender in the time of my weakness has led me to be more loving with the children. I’m still working on my impatience but I know that when we surrender, God gives us the strength to endure.

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, let me learn from your example and never run from difficult situations. When I’m upset, in pain or faced with difficulties, teach me to say Let your will and not mine be done’. Like the angel comforted you, provide me consolation and courage to endure as you did. Teach me always to love everyone around me and to be prepared to undergo a few hardships when needed for my brothers and sisters. Amen.

Virtue to learn from Mother Mary for the day: Endurance

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