Sunday, February 28, 2021

Meditations on the Mysteries of the Rosary: The Agony in the Garden

 After having meditated on all the different mysteries of the rosary throughout my life, the Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous, while each have their own merit, the Sorrowful Mysteries have been the most comforting to me. Not because I love to be sad, or love to dwell on trials and sufferings, but because they make me feel closest to my Savior. 

The Sorrowful mysteries of the rosary include: The Agony in the Garden (my focus today) the Scourging at the Pillar, The Crowning of Thorns, The Carrying of the Cross, and the Crucifixion. I can see how much He loves me when I meditate on His sufferings. I know by them that He’s been through the very worst version of whatever hard thing I’m going through or will go through, and offers the strength of His nail-scarred hands to take me through them. 

Luke 22:41-46

After withdrawing about a stone’s throw from them and kneeling, he prayed, saying, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done.” And to strengthen him an angel from heaven appeared to him. He was in such agony and he prayed so fervently that his sweat became like drops of blood falling on the ground. When he rose from prayer and returned to his disciples, he found them sleeping from grief. He said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not undergo the test.”

Meditating on this agony He suffered, I see an opportunity to love my Savior as I imagine myself kneeling next to Him in the garden, thanking Him for what He’s about to do for me, telling Him I’m sorry for my sins, laying my head on His shoulder. I consider the humility it took for Him, as the creator of all things, to accept comfort from an angel, to allow Himself to be weak for my sake. I think of all the souls that have and will reject Him regardless of His sacrifice, and I beg for the grace to never do so myself, no matter the cost. 

For more meditations on the mysteries of the rosary and a brief explanation of how it’s prayed, I created a page for them in the menu up above. Have a look. 😊 and God bless you. 

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