Thursday, March 01, 2007
During the seasons of Lent and Easter instead of the post, THE VIEW FROM MY WORLD. We will focus on the myseries of the Rosary. Throughout the Lenten Season we will meditate on the Sorrowful Mysteries and during Easter the Glorious Mysteries. Today we meditate on the Agony of Jesus in the garden.
Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemani. On reaching the place he said to them, “Pray that you may not be put to the test.” Our dearest mother Mary, we pray for the gift of conversion. Jesus advanced a little and fell to the ground, praying that if it were possible this hour might pass him by. He kept saying, “Abba (O Father), you have the power to do all things. Take this cup away from me. But let it be as you would have it, not as I.”
Jesus prayed to the Father, “Not my will, but your will be done.” He was striving to love and to live only the will of His heavenly Father. He was giving His every thought over to the Father’s love from which He would find strength to endure all of the suffering and even the death that evil would inflict upon Him. Oh Lord, we pray that we may give our every thought over to the Father’s love for us, so that our every action might be founded, anchored, and built upon the cornerstone of God’s love.
The Father’s call in our life is a call to conversion. It’s a call to turn from our selfishness in thoughts, words, and deeds to the way of selflessness that Jesus teaches us and of openness to the Father’s will for our lives. We are called, through God’s grace, to convert the “I” of “live” into the “O” of “love.” Amen.
Meditation by: Rev. Roger Hall, O.F.M.
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