Sunday, February 22, 2015
Christ's Agony in the Garden: It Begins
"He is there to begin His dolorous Passion. Instead of thinking of Himself, He is all anxiety, for you.
Oh, what an immensity of love does this Heart contain! His face is covered with sadness and, at the same time, with love. His words proceed from His innermost Heart. He speaks with a profusion of affection, encouragement, comfort and in comforting gives His promise. He explains the most profound mysteries of His Passion.
...He is extremely sad; His soul is a prey of indescribable bitterness. The night is advanced and bright. The moon shines in the sky, leaving shadows in the Garden. It seems to throw a sinister brightness, a foreboding of the grave and dreadful events to come, which make the blood tremble and freeze in the veins - it seems as if stained with blood. A wind, like a forerunner of the coming tempest agitates the olive trees and, together with the rustling of the leaves penetrates to the bones, like a messenger of death, descending into the soul and filling it with deadly grief.
Night most horrible, like which there will never be another!
What a contrast O Jesus! How beautiful was the night of Thy birth, when Angels, leaping for joy, announced peace, singing the Gloria. And now, it seems to me, they surround Thee sadly, keeping at a respectful distance, as if respecting the supreme anguish of Thy spirit."
Posted by TLW at 7:27 PM