We have only to read the papers, watch secular television to know that the battle is on! No Jesus No Peace: For the Relief We All Want and Need! According to Scripture, the account of Jesus’s experiences are given in some detail although it states that the Apostles were asleep. What they did not know; this was to lead to another high place - Calvary. We are possibly in the most crucial period of our Church, our country, and our world. We recall His answer when the mother of James and John asked if her sons would be seated in Heaven, one at His right and one at His left: He asked James and John if they were ready to drink from the cup from which He would drink. It captures quite movingly the spirit of the first Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary, the Agony in the Garden, in its references to our Lord’s struggle to keep His composure at Gethsemane. There are those who reject the idea that Jesus was afraid on the night before His death. Joseph Freyaldenhoven is the digital operations manager at Journeys of Faith, founded by Bob and Penny Lord. We know that Lucifer is the prince of the world, the prince of darkness. Had Satan's demons taken over the hearts of those who now wanted to see Jesus dead? Agony in the Garden Posted on March 29, 2018 by Friar Musings 32 Then they came to a place named Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took with him Peter, James, and John, and began to be troubled and distressed. O sinners who thus torture Me…will this Blood bring salvation and life, or will it be shed in vain for you? Peter protested. ‣ Publication date: Apr 23, 2020. He called to them to wake up. When His Father answered there was not, He willingly and fully submitted Himself to His Father’s will and went to meet those who were sent to arrest Him. Saint Luke, who is believed to have been a physician, describes an actual medical condition known as hematridosis. (He knew the twelfth would betray Him.) Thus, He was no doubt inwardly preparing Himself for His Passion for a long time. Would they be strong enough to carry on the work? We must allow the Lord to break our hearts of stone, and make them into new creations of His Love. This is, in my opinion, one of the most powerful scenes of the Bible. Now more than ever we need God's grace, for our good and His glory! As you view the scandalous behavior which is now purported to be the norm, as all our traditions are being desecrated and we watch dissension ripping families apart, Jesus' prophecy seems to be coming to pass before our very eyes: "And when you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened, for this is something that must happen but the end is not so soon....Nation will fight against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 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. We read in the Gospels of how he asked His Father three times to let this bitter cup of sorrow pass from Him, while, saying “but yet not my will but thine be done” (Lk 22:42) in loving, self-sacrificing obedience. Jesus knew their weaknesses. We have a great opportunity to take some of the pressure off Jesus' Head in the Garden of Gethsemane. Since then, Pope after Pope has read the Third Secret and not made it public. His thoughts were of them when He said, "What I say is not said of all, for I know the kind of men I choose." If we give up sins, His suffering will be less. The Agony in the Garden is the beginning of Christ’s Passion. He who partook of bread with Me has raised his heel against Me." An important part of becoming a saint is living with Christ in you, and you in Him, through prayer, participating in His sacraments of the Eucharist and Penance, and striving to live as Christ-like as you can by showing His love, patience, and compassion in how you treat others. Then he took him and healed him and sent him away. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens." According to plan, Judas embraced Jesus. Still, we are not given much detail. Still, we are not given much detail. Jesus knew they had not fully realized why He had come to earth. Lord Jesus Christ, Grant us, we pray, the grace to be truly sorrowful for our sins, for which you suffered so greatly and which caused you such bitter agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. The temptation scene in The Passion of the Christ ends with Christ stomping on the head of a snake that has slithered out of the robes of Satan. God Bless,Christopher Castagnolifor www.ourcatholicprayers.com, Return from A Prayer to Jesus in the Agony in the Gardento Lenten Prayers. Our Lord described the scene in riveting detail to another mystic Sister Josefa Menendez in the 1920’s, as related in the book Christ’s Appeal for Love. And when this happens, change will come about in us, and through us, the world. How would these eleven be able to live and die for His Church? He could hear commotion not far off. Satan knows what buttons to push, to make us react just the way he would have us. He knew that His three trusted Apostles would not have the strength to stay awake one hour with Him in the Garden of Gethsemane. Sign up if you would like to receive occasional treats from us. Then they left for the Garden of Gethsemane. Because of the agony Jesus suffered, this rock would later be called The Rock of Agony. Sin not only offends God, but it grievously wounds His Heart and this pain must have been intensely overwhelming for Our Lord. We read often of soldiers surviving the slaughterhouse of war struggling with PTSD or other emotional disturbances. Imagine our Lord seeing so much hatred, coldness, and bloodshed combined, two millennia of Hell on Earth quite present before Him for about 2 hours!!! Rosaries are essential these days! Enlist his powerful aid by reciting it regularly! You cannot stand on the spot where Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane and not reflect on what Jesus might have been thinking and feeling. Did they have any idea of what He was about to endure for them? Two Thomases and our times: for God's way out of our current woes! Yet, none of that means that He was unwilling to undergo His Passion. He never stayed in the city, but outside, on this side. He asked them to stand guard and pray. Then He said, "One of you will betray Me." Interestingly, in none of these portrayals is there an angelic appearance to counteract the demonic, despite the mention of an angel in the Gospel according to Saint Luke. The Church Fathers saw Our Lady as the New Eve because Our Lord is the New Adam. 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. Peter, still not quite awake, pulled out a sword, and began flailing it through the air. (Matt 28:20)  They didn't understand it at the time, but after the Holy Spirit entered into them, they realized the Gift He was leaving them. Amen. That night His Humanity was sorely tested to fulfill his mission in His Divinity to die on a cross so that we might have Eternal Life. He prayed hard. "Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?" This was every sin that had been committed up to that point and every sin that would be committed from that point until the end of time, from the most banal venial sin to the most heinous of mortal sins. Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ, the CBS television film Jesus, and the stop-motion animated The Miracle-Maker all include Satan in the Garden of Gethsemane, tempting Jesus to despair, abandon His saving mission and flee from His imminent crucifixion. I tell you, you will not see Me again until you say, `Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.'" (Matt 26:40-41)  But it was too late, now. We believe that Jesus was able to see, in that short time, all the sins that had ever been committed by man and would be committed until the end of time. His humanity had to have surfaced. And over the past two thousand years, we have systematically been destroying ourselves.