1. Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane

Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane

We let that gaze of the Trinity fall on us and become conscious of God looking at us, now.

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

All: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

ASK

Quiet moment of asking: “Jesus, give me a deep inner sense of your sorrow at what is about to unfold, so that I can be sorrowful with you”

PRAY

We listen to the words of the Gospel of Matthew, and imagine what it must have been like to be present. We can ask the Holy Spirit to place us there, in the scene.

Then Jesus came with them to a plot of land called Gethsemane; and he said to this them, “Stay here while I go over there to pray”. He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee with him. And he began to feel sadness and anguish. Then he said to them, “My soul is sorrowful to the point of death. Wait here and stay awake with me.” And going on a little further he fell on his face and prayed. “My Father,” he said, “if it is possible, let this cup pass me by; nevertheless, let it be as you, not I, would have it.” He came back to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “So you had not the strength to stay awake with me one hour? Stay awake, and pray not to be put to the test. The spirit is willing enough, but human nature is weak.”

Matthew 26:36-41
NOTICE – A silent contemplation moment
Ask the Spirit of God to hold you in that place of interior quietness and stillness. Remember again that God is gazing on you now, in love. What caught your attention about that story of Gethsemane? How did it touch you and what feelings arose in you? Notice any, but don’t judge or explain them.
REFLECTION
Good and gracious God, we know that we should not refuse to get involved in what happens to other people, especially when they are being treated badly or unjustly. This can mean people around us in our own place or people thousands of miles away. But there are times when we try to look the other way or prefer not to get involved. It doesn’t matter who we are, how well our bodies work, how little we feel we’ve got to offer or how many things we can or cannot do for ourselves. We can always do something for others. We can share in the suffering of others, and we want to try to.

Help us, Lord, not to condemn other people by the things we sometimes say; help us not to be unjust to others in the things we sometimes do. Help us to avoid judging others by the things we sometimes think.

Forgive us, Lord, and give us the courage to do always what we really know is right and just.

Together we pray; Lord, we want to walk beside you in your suffering. Forgive us; and help us to see you in the suffering of the poor.

Glory be...