Friday, October 12

A Rosary Meditation … The First Sorrowful Mystery, the Agony in the Garden. “While our Savior occupied Himself in praying to His Father for the spiritual salvation of the human race, the perfidious disciple Judas sought to hasten the delivery of Christ into the hands of the priests and pharisees.” (“The Mystical City of God” by Mary of Agreda.) As Jesus prayed for us, as He prayed for Judas, the traitor was even then carrying out his plot against the One Who loved him most. How often have you prayed for someone and been betrayed by them in spite of the love you offered? If this has ever happened to you then consider that you are in the company of your Master. How many times have you thwarted God’s love for you by carrying out your own sinful plans despite His prayers and love for you? If this has ever happened to you then consider that you are in need of being in the company of your Master. Sadly, we have all stood in the shoes of Judas when, by our sins, we have betrayed the One Who loves us most. Joyfully, He prayed for us anyway, knowing our weaknesses. This is the Love that shines through the sorrow.


Today … St. Seraphin of Montegranaro became a Capuchin Franciscan brother at age 16. Prior to this he had been a shepherd given to prayer and the care of his flock. How much like Jesus! He spent his life as a religious copying St. Francis. St. Francis copied Christ. What a wonderful circle of love is expressed here. He fasted much, spent three hours a day in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, was generous and kind to those around him. It’s in people like St. Seraphin that we see Christ’s garden prayer answered. Let us spend this day and every day answering Christ’s prayer in Gethsemane.


And so … As we go about our daily duty lets remember not only the prayer of Jesus in the garden but also the prayers of all those who love us. Remembering that we are only human let’s try our best to be the answer to those prayers.



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