Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Wednesday of Holy Week

During the final trial of his life, Jesus prays in solitude.  "And he withdrew from them about a stone's throw, and knelt down and prayed."

The context of the prayer is filial, extended into Jesus' inner agony to accept the will of the Father, faithful even in anguish for what is about to happen:  "Father, if thou art willing, remove this cup from me; nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done."

And Jesus begins to suffer in a way that dramatically involves his whole person: "His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground."

But his prayer became "more fervent."

Brothers and sisters, we contemplate Jesus in physical pain, in harrowing psychological and moral pain, in his abandonment and solitude, but in prayer, in the effort to adhere to the Father in total faithfulness.

~St. John Paul II

O Suffering Jesus, by Your agony in the garden, teach me to adhere to the Father in total faithfulness and to pray ever more fervently that His adorable will be done.  Amen.

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