Friday, November 16

A Rosary Meditation … The First Sorrowful Mystery, the Agony in the Garden. In today’s Gospel reading, Luke 17: 26-37, Jesus talks about the way things will be at the end. He tells His listeners what the world will be like, at least in part, in what He calls “the days of the Son of man.” This description makes it clear that the world will turn to evil and that people will go on living their lives like nothing at all is wrong. For them, at that time, evil will be normal. Which means that they will have lost all sense of sin and with a seared conscience they will go about business as usual. This ought to sound familiar. 2 Timothy 3:13 & Isaiah 5:20. Jesus knows, He sees clearly whats to come. It will be like the days of Noah and the time of Lot. Notice that He says “Son of man.” Its one of His titles. Two other people in the Bible are called “son of man.” Only two. Ezekiel and Daniel. Why these three? Ezekiel prophesied of the captivity, the time of exile for the Jewish people in Babylon. Daniel lived the captivity in Babylon. And Jesus came to a spiritual Babylon, the Roman Empire (1 Peter 5:13), to set the captives free. Luke 4:18. As He prayed in the garden He knew how many that He prayed for would reject His sacrifice. He prayed anyway. He saw the sins committed, some in His name, by weak followers. He prayed all the more. He heard Judas coming with the Temple guard to carry Him away like a common criminal. Still He prayed. His friends asleep when He needed them most. And He prayed. Now, it looks like we live in the age He spoke of in the Gospel reading. We are living in the end times. 1 Corinthians 10:11. We have been for nearly 2,000 years. Which day is THE last day? Your guess is as good as mine. Mark 13:32. What should we be doing in the mean time? Following His example. Pray, even when we don’t want to, even when left alone by friends, even when betrayed, even when it hurts. He did. We need to remember all this and take it to heart the next time its time for evening prayer or our Rosary and suddenly we remember C.S.I. Miami is about to come on.

Today … St. Gratia was seaman til age thirty. One day, setting in Church listening to the sermon preached by an Augustinian priest, he felt a deep call to the religious life. He set his heart on joining the Augustinian Order and became a lay-brother, working contentedly in the gardens. We can only wonder what his thoughts were as he pulled weeds, watered, trimmed, planted and gathered vegetables. But it might be nice to take a minute to do that. Maybe he thought about what Jesus said concerning wheat and weeds growing up together in the same field. Maybe he thought about “By their fruits you shall know them.” Maybe he thought about how good the potatoes would be for the communal meal and thanked God. Gardens are simple, peaceful things. I’m sure St. Gratia was very happy. A mysterious light was seen above his cell and miracles seemed to surround him. Maybe, when he worked the garden, he tought about Jesus in the garden and prayed all the more. And gave thanks to God for simple, peaceful gardens and the Divine Grace that can flow from them.

Genesis 2:15 … And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the paradise for pleasure, to dress it, and keep it.

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