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Matthew 26:36-46

Jesus Prays at Gethsemane

36 Then Jesus came with them into a country place which is called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples: Sit you here, till I go yonder and pray.

37 And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to grow sorrowful and to be sad.

38 Then he said to them: My soul is sorrowful even unto death: stay you here, and watch with me.

39 And going a little further, he fell upon his face, praying, and saying: My Father, if it be possible, let this chalice pass from me. Nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

40 And he cometh to his disciples, and fined them asleep, and he said to Peter: What? Could you not watch one hour with me?

41 Watch ye, and pray that ye enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh weak.

42 Again the second time, he went and prayed, saying: My Father, if this chalice may not pass away, but I must drink it, thy will be done.

43 And he cometh again and find them sleeping: for their eyes were heavy.

44 And leaving them, he went again: and he prayed the third time, saying the selfsame word.

45 Then he cometh to his disciples, and said to them: Sleep ye now and take your rest; behold the hour is at hand, and the Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of sinners.

46 Rise, let us go: behold he is at hand that will betray me.


After instituting the perpetual memorial of the Holy Eucharist, the Lord and His disciples sang an hymn and went out to the Garden of Gethsemane on Mount Olivet (Matt 25:30).

[Interesting, the “hymn” referred to in the Gospel is the Hallel Psalms (Ps 115 – Ps 118) which are traditionally sung by Jews as part of the Passover liturgy. As Our Lord sang these Psalms, His Blessed Mother was on His mind:

“O Lord, I am your servant;
I am your servant,
The son of your handmaid” – Ps 116:16 (Cp Lk 1:38)]

In the Garden, Our Lord began to endure such intense spiritual suffering that He told His disciples that He was sorrowful “even to the point of death” (Mk 14:33-34). In the midst of this suffering, He prayed three times that, if it was the Father’s will, that the Cup of the Passion  pass from Him.

As the Lord’s felt the weight of the sins of the world upon His shoulders, His agony became so intense that He sweated great drops of blood (Lk 22:44). He had not yet received His first physical blows, and already He began to pour out His Precious Blood to wash away the sins of the world.

Despite Jesus' great agony, He was resolved to relinquish His will; and He would willingly drink of the Cup that the Father had willed for Him (Matt 26:39).

Following Our Lord, we need to learn resignation to the will of God in our own suffering. When any member of the Church suffers, He suffers in Christ because the Church is the Body of Christ. Sometimes God wills that Christians suffer for Christ (Phil 1:29) because it is through our suffering that we complete the sufferings of Christ (Col 1:24). And as we suffer for and in Christ, we can rest assured that He will send His angels to comfort and strengthen us (Lk 22:43).

Our Father......

1.  Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane...and he began to experience sorrow and distress.
(Mt. 26: 36-37)  - Hail Mary...

2.  Then he said to them, "My heart is nearly broken with sorrow.  Remain here and stay awake with me."
(Mt. 26: 38)  - Hail Mary...

3.  He withdrew from them and knelt down and prayed.  (Lk. 22:41)  - Hail Mary...

4.  "Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me.  Still, let it be as you would have it, not as I."  (Mt. 26:39)  
- Hail Mary...

5.  When he returned to his disciples, he found them asleep.  He said to Peter,  "So you could not stay awake 
with me for even an hour?  Be on guard and pray that you may not undergo the test.  The spirit is willing, but 
nature is weak."  (Mt. 26: 40-42)  - Hail Mary...

6.  In his anguish, he prayed more earnestly.  An angel appeared to him, coming from Heaven to give him 
strength.  (Lk. 22: 44,43)  - Hail Mary...

7.  "The hour is on us when the Son of Man is to be handed over to the power of evil men."  (Mt. 26:45)
- Hail Mary...

8.  While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived accompanied by a great crowd with swords and 
clubs.  (Mt. 26: 47)  - Hail Mary...

9.  He immediately went over to Jesus, said to him, "Peace, Rabbi," and embraced him.  (Mt. 26: 49)
- Hail Mary...

10.  Jesus answered, "Friend, do what you are here for."  At that moment they stepped forward to lay hand on 
Jesus and arrest Him.  (Mt. 26: 50)  - Hail Mary...

Glory be to the Father...

O My Jesus, forgive us our sins...

Christ’s “hour” had finally arrived. As the new Adam, Christ was reversing Adam’s first no to God, as well as the many great and little “no’s” we say to God with our personal sins. At the same time, he was also making an act of expiation for the nucleus of our every sin: our lack of trust in God’s goodness. Jesus’ act of self-surrender in the garden was a big “I trust” to the Father. It was an act of self-abandonment to God’s plan, no matter how ugly and foreboding that plan looked. Sometimes in our lives too, we can be surprised by how our lives unfold. Children dream of a fairy-tale life where everything will unfold in a magical and beautiful way—or at least in a way that measures up to our basic recipe for happiness. When our life turns out to have its dark patches, the temptation can be to turn away from God, blaming him for the crosses we have to carry: sickness, financial difficulties, a strained relationship, failure at work or in school… In this mystery, Mary can help us to find the strength to trust God under the weight of our cross. She can teach us to create a more beautiful story with the way we respond to the cards we were dealt.
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