1. 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.
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”
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.”
NOTICE – A silent contemplation moment
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.