JESUS’ Agony at the Mount of Olives
His Sweating Blood
Once more we are heading for Easter and it is certainly a time to contemplate more deeply on CHRIST’s suffering – after all, He went to the Cross for us. On the evening of Holy Thursday JESUS held the Last Supper with His Apostles and instituted the Holy Sacrament of the Altar, the greatest and most holy legacy which GOD could bequeath to mankind. On the Cross Blood and water flowed out from the wound of JESUS’ Heart and in this way He gave birth to His holy Church. So He is also the Head of the Church and the gates of hell may be able to beat this Church bloody, but not overpower her.
After the Last Supper the SAVIOUR went with the Apostles into the Garden of Gethsemane at the Mount of Olives. In His immeasurable love the GOD-Man JESUS became a brother of the sinners in order to take upon Himself the punishment of all their guilt. There He isolated Himself, went further to a place not far from the spot where Adam and Eve had stayed after leaving Paradise, and He prayed in sadness beyond words to His FATHER. He foresaw the horrible torture He had to endure and He asked His FATHER to allow this cup to pass from Him. Yet He com-pletely resigned to GOD’s will.
He saw all the sufferings, wounds and temptations of the future Church, His bride, whom He wanted to purchase so dearly with His Blood, He saw the ingratitude … more