Agony in the Garden

Once again we arrive back at the Sorrowful mysteries, Jesus had just celebrated a great meal with his disciple and they went up to Gethsemane to pray. Now Jesus asked his disciple to stay awake with him for a while and Jesus stepped away for his disciple and prayed “Father if it is all possible let this cup pass from me not as I will it but as you will it.” He came back to find the disciples asleep. After waking them Jesus went off again pleading with his Father to stay. Once again he came back and he found the disciples asleep. Jesus asks one of the disciples “Could you not stay up an hour” he replied “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”

This is the agony in the garden. Jesus is alone struggling over if he should sacrifice himself for all mankind or not. Jesus knows what is to follow all the pain and suffering but as we know he decided to suffer for all mankind in an ultimate act of love, but I will get to that later on. One of the things that I really like about this mystery is it shows Jesus doubting even if only for a brief time.

In the Catholic Church there is the tradition of Holy Hour which typically take the form of Eucharist Adoration, as you spend an hour with Jesus. This hour break from the cacophony of life is something that everyone should try to incorporate into their lives. It doesn’t even have to be a hour reflecting on the Suffering of Jesus, but it could be some sort of meditation. Meditation is a nice way to quiet down our minds and it gives us a chance to look inward and see how we are doing.  We should all try and make prayer and meditation parts of our lives.


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