Thursday, April 18, 2024

Garden of Gethsemane

According to all four Gospels, immediately after the Last Supper, Jesus took a walk to pray. Each Gospel offers a slightly different account regarding narrative details. The gospels of Matthew and Mark identify this place of prayer as Gethsemane. Jesus was accompanied by three Apostles: Peter, John and James whom he asked to stay awake and pray. He moved “a stone’s throw away” from them in the garden, where he felt overwhelming sadness and anguish, and said “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass me by. Nevertheless, let it be as You, not I, would have it.” 

Then, a little while later, he said, “If this cup cannot pass by, but I must drink it, Your will be done!” (Matthew 26:42). He said this prayer three times, checking on the three apostles between each prayer and finding them asleep. He commented: “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak”. An angel came from heaven to strengthen him. During his agony as he prayed, “His sweat was, as it were, great drops of blood falling down upon the ground” (Luke 22:44). 

At the conclusion of the narrative, Jesus accepts that the hour has come for him to be betrayed.  

We walked through the Garden on our tour of Jerusalem. Rocks spell out the word PEACE under a tree.

Photo by Bryan Busovicki

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