And then going out, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed them. When he arrived at the place he said, “Pray that you may not undergo the test.” After withdrawing about a stone’s throw from them and kneeling, he prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done.”
Of all the rosary’s mysteries, the first Sorrowful Mystery–the agony in the Garden, is my favorite because it is so relatable. To me, this is Jesus at his most incredibly human. Which of us has not been there, begging God to take the cup that is in front of us, asking that this burden be lifted, asking that the pain be taken away? We do this, and so does Jesus.
Mark’s Gospel tells us that Jesus’s soul was sorrowful “even unto death.” (Mk 14:34) Luke’s account of the passion gives us this detail: “He was in such agony and he prayed so fervently that his sweat became like drops of blood falling on the ground.” (Lk 22: 44) This is an actual medical phenomenon that Biblical experts have confirmed. Can you image being in such agony that you are actually bleeding with the pain of it?
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