Monday, 18 April 2011

Station I: Jesus in Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane

The Garden of Gethsemane
Every once in a while we are put into the place of great dilemma. In my own life it has surrounded jobs to which to apply, choice of schools for kids, even what words for what prayers. In themselves they are big things to me, to others perhaps smaller. 

That whole sense of not knowing quite which way to turn, but all the while knowing that something has to happen is oddly dis-empowering. It brings with that sense of ones hand being forced, of helplessness. 

And so, at this first Station, this whole crushing dilemma. Jesus is human, knows something of the unspeakable atrocities that will be wrought on his finite body. I avoid pain wherever possible, and so do you. Jesus had the capacity, I am sure, to call the whole thing off. That would have been easier at one level, harder at another. Even the most noble and courageous person would struggle to place their arm in the meat-grinder, even sure in the knowledge that it was for the good of others. I doubt that the Romans had invented crucifixion for Jesus, and so he would have seen this means of execution with his own eyes. His physical being repels the idea, his spiritual knowing that it must be done. 

"Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want" [Mk 14: 36]

My prayer at this Station is for all those people who are crushed by the agony of dilemma, for those whose choices are choiceless, that whichever way the choice goes, people will know pain. 

Lord Jesus, you entered the garden of fear
and faced the agony of your impending death:
be with those who share that agony
and face death unwillingly this day.
You shared our fear and knew the weakness of our humanity:
give strength and hope to the dispirited and despairing.
To you, Jesus, who sweated blood,
be honour and glory with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
now and for ever. Amen

These Stations and the prayers that accompany them are taken from CW times and Seasons. The reflections and petitions are my own.


  1. Fate can be fickle and no-one really knows what the future will hold for them. Our inner self can influence how we live our lives and we, in turn, can influence the lives of others. Ultimately, however, we do not know how our futures will turn out.

    Jesus was born to be sacrificed. He knew that from the outset and his human weakness did show and he did confide in his father that he did not know if he could continue. If I remember correctly, he asked for help. In the end, he determined his own fate and his inner strength enabled him to continue.

    No matter what life throws at you, it is you that determines how this will affect you. If you want it to be miserable then you will be miserable. Only you have the ability to change that and your state of mind will influence the way you live your life. I know people who have overcome massive personal setbacks and live a good life.

    At the end of the day, your personal beliefs and personal inner strength will determine how you live your life and how you navigate your way through the obstacles and challenges that fate throws your way.

  2. Thank you for stopping by James - and I applaud every word that you say.



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