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Matthew 26:36-41

“Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to feel sorrow and distress. Then he said to them, “My soul is sorrowful even to death. Remain here and keep watch with me.” He advanced a little and fell face down in prayer, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will.”

Dismas Reflection:

As I sat in my cell with my partner Gestas, I began to regret all that I had done especially since in a day or so, Gestas and I will be put to death.

I began to feel sorrow and a sense of shame for what I’ve done.  As I sat in this dark and damp cell  lost in my thoughts the guards opened the cell door and threw  a new prisoner into the darkness.  I asked him for his name and he said “ I am Jesus”.  I had heard  rumors about  a man called Jesus. There was talk that he was working all of these wonders for the people, healing them and helping them. I asked, “ are you the same man ?”  He said he was.  We then talked for hours and  I felt  remarkably at ease with him.  He was like no other man I had ever  met.  I told him how regretful and afraid I was.  He told me he too was afraid, and he shared with me how he had prayed to his Father – who he said was God – in some garden just a few hours ago.  I told him I was too ashamed and unworthy to ask God for anything, he told me not to worry , we’d do it together.

Reflection Question:

Jesus, you prayed to your Father , Can you help me to reach out to Him in prayer in my time of need?

With St. Dismas we pray:

Dear God, give me the strength to endure my daily burden and courage to come to you in prayer and the wisdom to know and accept your will.

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One Response to “Prayer: Station 1-Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane”

  1. Pilgrim in Markham says:

    Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane is one of my favorites passages in the New Testament. A crucial moment when Jesus shows how similar to us he was, how human he was, how afraid he was, how he must have felt so lonely at that time and very thoughtful about what he know was going to happen.
    So many things that could be reflected on this passage. I’m sure many people have written books about this. Just very briefly I’d like to comment on 2 the things that I love about this moment:
    1. The continuous probe of the relationship that existed between Father and Son. Jesus always praying to His Father.
    2. Jesus surrenders to the Father’s will. He willingly accepts the mission he was sent for on earth and carries on.
    On these days of reflection, the Garden of Gethsemane reminds me of so many things. One of them, how Jesus must have loved us so much and how He must have loved His Father as well….

    Tks Deacon Mike for your blog. I noticed the number of “hits” on your blog has increased. Good for U!