Friday, December 21

A Rosary Meditation … The First Sorrowful Mystery, the Agony in the Garden. “Jesus came with them to Gethsemane, and He began to be saddened and exceedingly troubled.” Matthew 26:36-37. Have you ever heard someone ask the question, “Was Jesus God?” And someone else answers, “Yes, Jesus was God.” WAS? What is He now? Has He ceased to exist? What happened to His Divinity between then and now? *sigh* While its true we seem to understand that Jesus was God while here on earth we need to remember that He still is. Both God (the Son) and here on earth (go check the Tabernacle). But that’s only part of it. Was He human? Oh, yes. And He still is. Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8. From time to time in my own life, and this gives me insight into you because none of us are that much different the one from the other, I feel like I’m disappointing God, if not being down-right sinful, when I experience certain emotional reactions. I think that I ought not be anxious or fearful or worried or fill-in-the-blank. And I’ve heard people say things like, “If you had the right kind of faith you wouldn’t be afraid (or worried, etc), you’d trust God.” So what kind of faith do I have if it’s not the right kind? Its placed in God. Is that the wrong kind? Jesus was, and still is, fully human. In the garden He knew sorrow, fear, all sorts of human emotions. Compare Bible translations of the above verses. Various wordings are used, all give insight. But the basic insight is this: To be human and to have human reactions isn’t sinful. Doubt, worry, anxiety, and other such things are not sinful. They’re just a part of being human. Like Jesus. So what might there be about these emotions that we ought to be careful about? We might try remembering that these things are normal and having them isn’t sinful. The true test is this: Do we give in to them?

Today … St. Peter Canisius was a secret agent, a 007, for the Vatican shortly after the Council of Trent. Documents from the Council needed to be delivered to various people and places but getting them there wasn’t easy. Traveling through hostile Protestant regions and areas plagued by robbers the people who carried them had these precious volumes stolen one after another. So, our secret agent Peter was given a cover and sent out. Peter was a Jesuit and had founded many colleges so he was sent out to visit and check on these schools. And he just happened to carry extra paperwork with him as he traveled. Clandestine operations here. Not so much cloak and dagger as crucifix and dogma. Think he was ever worried or scared? Well, we might think that he wasn’t because he was (and still is), after all, a saint. Think again. He was (and still is) human, just like Jesus. But, being a saint, he didn’t give into things like fear. Rather, he used them as ways to exercise virtue.

Virtue … Virtue is a by-product of faith. Faith comes from God. Temptations, of whatever sort, are the barbels that build saintly muscle.

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