Tomorrow is Holy Thursday already! Tomorrow night Jesus enters into the Garden of Gethsemane at the Mount of Olives for His Agony. As we continue to social distance from everyone, hopefully we are drawing closer to God Himself. This time alone is a great grace allowed by God as an opportunity of time to be with Him in the Garden of Gethsemane and NOT to fall asleep. Many of us are asleep. Many of us are making the same mistakes and falling into the same temptations of His dear apostles and disciples. I had a Peter moment experience yesterday and thought I would write about it. Thanks be to God, these examples are there in Scripture to help and encourage us during this very trying time in all of Christian history.
Jesus on the night He was betrayed by Judas (and we have a few of those today); took Peter, James and John into the Garden to pray and told them: “Sit down here while I go and pray… Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” Then He parted from them only a stone’s throw away and began to enter into His Passion. “My soul is ready to die with sorrow.”
Jesus, because of His human and divine nature, intensely suffered His agony in the Garden. It is beyond what we could ever comprehend. He was to give Himself up on a Cross to die for the sins of the ENTIRE world and during His prayers to The Father, He was feeling the weight of the sins of the entire course of mankind. ALL THE SIN which He was about to take upon Himself came upon Him--- including the sins of this very day which we are witnessing. We poor humans have become so use to sin that we do not even realize its true horror. He not only took the burden of sin upon Himself but the rejection of mankind against Him and His Father in this greatest of all acts of Love. All this wickedness of man He would take upon Himself and in the language of St. Paul, He “was made sin”.
As the innocent Jesus goes through all the sins from Adam to the last day, He begins to sweat drops of blood. All the sins of mankind – those seen and those unseen are felt by poor Jesus. It is a great mystery of God that blood is to be shed for the remission of sin. Martyrs have had a share in this mystery. So much sin has been exposed to us and yet so much still hidden that must be repaired for. It is beyond belief what is going on inside and outside the Church of Christ. The mystery of suffering must be endured as a means of reparation.
Jesus gets up from His prayer and now sees that His three most faithful apostles did not pray with Him but were asleep during His great Agony in the Garden. Now they would not be prepared for temptation as He told them they should be - by prayer.
It is time now for Judas, the betrayer, to turn Jesus in and St. Peter reacts by revolt and wants to defend Jesus. He draws a sword and in his own mind trusts in his own devices to make things right. Christ rebukes Peter for falling into this temptation of NOT ACCEPTING what is about to unfold – The Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ which is allowed by God and therefore cannot be stopped by any man nor any weapon.
I had this Peter moment yesterday. I was reading about the U.N. globalists plan for world take over and how it is very likely that we may never get our freedoms back. I read about how this bio-weapon virus is a means of taking over the control of the world to accomplish this goal. True or not, I panicked like Peter. I turned to the many Judas bishops we have and yelled T R A I T O R! And like Peter, I wanted Jesus NOT to be arrested. I wanted to free the Churches and have the celebration of the Mass in public once more – especially for Easter. It was a true Peter moment. Good St. Peter pray for us! Help us to see that this is ALLOWED by God for a greater good. We could very well be witnessing the Passion of the Mystical Body of Christ and that we must pray so that we too may not fall into temptation. God is so good to include these passages in Scripture for us to gain strength, knowledge and courage from. God truly is a Loving God, Who watches over us! GOD IS LOVE AND WE MUST TRUST HIM!
I will hold close to St. Peter this Holy Week. I pray I do not deny My Lord EVER as Peter did three times after he fell into this temptation of wanting his own will over that of God’s. I wish to love God in time and eternity but we must NEVER trust in ourselves or ever in any Man. We must place our trust in God and God alone. It is only by His grace that the world will be healed. May we remain faithful to Him now and through our final moment of death. May we be with Him now in this Agony, Passion and finally the Death – in anticipation of the Resurrection!
May our dear Blessed Mother pray for us that we may remain steadfast during this Agony and Passion of the Mystical Body of Christ so that we may have the necessary graces to be at the foot of the Cross with Her and ultimately be with God and all the saints for all eternity in Heaven -- OUR TRUE HOME!!
God bless us and may we remain steadfast in our love and surrender to the Holy Will of God!
God bless all our good and faithful priests, who are there for us. May God give them a supernatural grace to endure all of this and all that is to come!
Our Lady of Sorrows – pray for us!
Good St. Peter – pray for us!
(PS - God bless my good friend Bob, who is a faithful servant of God filled with wisdom that comes from Holy Scripture. God is good in giving us these true and faithful friends that lead us back to Him when we stray from the path to Heaven and His Holy Will)
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 41 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 5 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!