Thought of the Day October 4, 2019 Jesus' example

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Jesus prayed at the death of Lazarus and at Lazarus' restoration to life.  We too face deep moments of sorrow with others. Knowing that the hour had come to enter into his paschal sacrifice as the Lamb of God, he prayed for his Apostles that they would not be destroyed by his death but that they may know that they may be one as they proclaimed the mystery of salvation. What a lesson for us when we face adversity — as storm clouds gather in our lives!

As the hour of his arrest and passion nears, Jesus goes to the Garden of Olives to prepare himself for his final moments. His anguish was so intense that he sweat drops of blood.  What brought Jesus so much anguish? It is possible what may have been his last temptation from the Evil One, who may have said that Jesus’ cruel suffering and death by crucifixion will make no difference in the lives of many who follow him. In response, Jesus cries out: “Father, not my will by yours be done.”

The final embrace of the Father’s will comes from the cross where he prays “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do.” For him to teach the necessity of forgiveness and not live it at this moment would have been a mockery. Then he prayed: “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?” This was not a cry of despair but of total surrender to the will of the Father. And finally, he seals his yes to the Father’s will with his total trust in the Father: “Into your hands, Father, I commend my spirit.”

He has set an example for us.

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