As I was praying the Rosary last night, I found myself deep in the Agony in the Garden with our Lord. If anyone has ever been in a car wreck, remember the split second before the crash how the normal reaction is to stiffen up and brace for the impact. Then imagine seeing the crash, years before it happens and not being able to change the events because it was God’s will for it all to come to pass, for the salvation of the souls involved. Then think of knowing about every car wreck years before and not being able to change a thing but only the souls heart in regards to the outcome. Souls of your children, family, friends and enemies. Now imagine the only way to save these souls from eternal harm, is your death at the proper time, when the Father calls you home. For me, it puts into perspective the amount of agony our Lord carried with him through out His life, to save us. Not what sin did to Him, by crucifying His body, which caused even more agony but the souls who were given the ability to see through His eyes, and continue to do so today, still not believing. Not to mention, He had to become sin, in order for God the Father, to turn His eyes away and allow our Lord to die on the cross! Our Lords ENTIRE life with us, and before coming to be man, revolved solely around God the Father. He is God the Father! Putting to the test His own creed! Not just His creed but all He IS! Much in the same way God killed his own creation (Animals) to make leather garments for Adam & Eve after they fell from grace, the pain I imagine can only be described as excruciating both mentally and physically.
Every droplet of blood that fell, every molecule contained in the droplets from our Beloved Savior, fell like acid dissolving the sin of men, disfiguring sin, making it known for what it is for all eternity.
As I pondered this while praying last night, I couldn’t move past the embrace by and strengthening of our Lord by the Angel sent from The Father. I could see the angel embracing our Lord and placing a kiss on His cheek. So lightly and loving the embrace. Mercy from above, then to return in a smaller amount from St. Veronica’s veil later on, to finish God’s divine plan of salvation. I could feel Our Lord trembling from the cold, warmed by the embrace sent from Abba. Easing the pain in advance of the carnage that would become His body. Abba Father, sending this loving embrace to His Son, before the kiss of death could be planted by Judas. Abba Father physically saying to the Son, I love you and I will see you soon.
O Jesus, my Savior and Redeemer, Son of the living God, behold, we kneel before Thee and offer Thee our reparation; we would make amends for all the blasphemies uttered against Thy holy name, for all the injuries done to Thee in the Blessed Sacrament, for all the irreverence shown toward Thine immaculate Virgin Mother, for all the calumnies and slanders spoken against Thy spouse, the holy Catholic and Roman Church. O Jesus, who hast said: “If you ask the Father anything in My name, He will give it to you”, we pray and beseech Thee for all our brethren who are in danger of sin; shield them from every temptation to fall away from the true faith; save those who are even now standing on the brink of the abyss; to all of them give light and knowledge of the truth, courage and strength for the conflict with evil, perseverance in faith and active charity! For this do we pray, most merciful Jesus, in Thy name, unto God the Father, with whom Thou livest and reignest in the unity of the Holy Spirit world without end. Amen