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2nd Meditation on the Passion of Christ: Entry Into The Garden

Posted by Dim Bulb on March 6, 2010

II. MEDITATION.
The Entry Into The Garden.

” Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane.” —St. Matt. xxvi. 36.
“Where was a garden, into the which He entered, and His disciples.”—St. John xviii. 1.

Behold the place where Christ began His Passion.

(a) Near unto a village or farm.

(b) In Gethsemane, which signifieth a fat valley.

(c) In the garden.

For through sin, we got an unclean village; that is, worldly and frail things, which, by their own instinct and nature, slide down to the earth again. Christ would begin our Redemption from thence, whence we were fallen through sin. Gethsemane, or fat valley; as it doth rightly signify the valley of mercy, so it doth plainly declare the Passion of Christ had need of great mercy and clemency. It changed this world, full of miseries, into a place flowing with mercy.

Consider then, that this world is like unto a dirty valley; in which is much dirt and filth ; with which, men being polluted do forsake God. But to such men as follow Christ, this same world is, like a shop, full of the mercies of God and of our merits, in which so long as we live mercy is offered abundantly, and such rewards gotten by good works as never shall have end. But it was a garden wherein Christ prayed; for Adam sinned in a garden, and in a garden we have all offended. For what is the world but a little garden pleasant to behold, wherein divers herbs and fair flowers do delight the eyes, but not the mind? All things, which the world admireth, are buds and flowers, and, as they take their beginning from the earth, so in a short time they will wither away. To be brief, Christ carried His disciples forth to the place of His Passion, the last ‘place to which He leads His Apostles; that thou mayest know thereby that Christ doth earnestly require of thee, with great diligence and study, to meditate upon, and imitate His Passion. Pray unto thy Lord, that thou mayest despise this world, which was all the cause of the Passion of Christ.

2.

” And saith unto His disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.”—St. Matt. xxvi. 36.
” Pray that ye enter not into temptation.”—St. Luke xxii. 40.

Consider A—If thou wilt not enter into temptation, that is, if thou wilt not be overcome and swallowed up by temptation, thou must sit down, and pray; but we sit, when we enjoy quietness of mind, and that inward peace which true humility bringeth: for he, who sitteth, humbleth his body that he may rest in quiet. We must pray; because by prayer victory is obtained against the devil ; and we must pray as long as Christ prayeth for us.

Consider B — Thine own sloth and sluggishness ; who art not touched in conscience, while Christ is careful for thee, how thou mayest be saved ; and sitting at the right hand of His Father prayeth still for thee. To enter into temptation is to be occupied and drowned in wickedness, both inwardly and outwardly ; for he, who is overcome by temptation, hath neither inward peace nor can enjoy any true outward comfort, when everything oppresseth the mind, but nothing can satisfy it. Whereupon also it followeth, that he who in this world entereth into temptation, shall in the next enter into hell ; even as he who in this world is in God’s favour, shall afterwards enter into the joy of God.

3

“And He taketh with Him Peter and James and John.”—St. Mark xiv. 33.

Consider A—With what grief our sorrowful Lord left His other sorrowful disciples. He took these three for His companions with Him, that He might open His heaviness unto them, who only amongst all His disciples saw His glory on the Mount Tabor, and who were present at the wonderful miracle of the daughter of Jairus the chief ruler of the synagogue, when raised to life. For, by how much a man is more perfect and joined unto God, so much the more he feeleth the force of the Passion of our Lord in himself; as St Paul confesseth of himself. Therefore—

Consider B—What manner of men these were, whom Christ chose for His companions. Peter, the pastor of the Church; John, a virgin, who afterwards should be the keeper of the Virgin His Mother; and James, the first martyr of the Apostles. That hereby thou mayest understand, that nothing doth so much lighten our cares, ease the labours of any office, encourage us to chastity and to other virtues, to be brief, nothing helpeth man so much in all his labours undertaken for Christ’s sake, as the memory of the Passion of Christ. He took also with Him His two cousins, that thou mayest see to what dignities our Saviour exalteth His best friends ; to wit, to suffer innumerable calamities in this life, that hereafter they may have the greater rewards in the life to come.

Do thou desire rather to be afflicted in this world for thy sins, than after thy death to be separated from Christ with everlasting punishment

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1ST Meditation on the Passion of Christ: Christ Going Out Of The House From Supper

Posted by Dim Bulb on March 6, 2010

THE PASSION OF OUR LORD.

I. MEDITATION.

Christ’s Going Out Of The House From Supper.

A.

“And He came out, and went, as He was wont, to the Mount of Olives; and His disciples also followed Him.” — St. Luke xxii. 39.
‘ ‘ And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the Mount of Olives.” — St. Mark xiv. 26 ; St. Matt. xxvi. 30.
” He went forth with His disciples over the brook Cedron.” — St. John xviii.

I. Consider Christ began His Passion

(a) From Prayer.

(b) From His going out of the place of supper, because He would not be apprehended as an eater and drinker ; but as one praying unto God, and the Patron of mankind ; and because His host, with whom He supped, should sustain no damage by His Passion, Which ought to profit all men, and to hurt none.

(c) He went over the brook Cedron, by which way in old time David fled from his son Absalom (2 Sam. xv. 23). A brook in the Holy Scriptures signifieth the

1.  incommodious things of this life, as in the passage ” the stream had gone over our soul” (Ps. cxxiv. 3), all of which very great calamities our Saviour overcame with exceeding constancy of mind.

(d) He went to the Mount of Olives. “Mount” signifieth excellency, and ” Olives” Charity.

Here do thou Consider, that Christ began His Passion with great, earnest, and fervent prayer; with much constancy of mind, and exceeding Charity, in which virtues He was well exercised, as appeareth by these words, ” as He was wont.” He inviteth thee, likewise, to the same virtues when He carried His Apostles with Him; for, except thou art diligent in prayer, except thou avoidest the perils of evil occasions, except thou makest a resolute purpose, except thou art inflamed with the love of God, and, to be brief, except thou dost diligently use virtues, thou shalt never overcome thy temptations. Follow then our Lord with His Apostles, and pray Him that He never leave thee nor forsake thee.

b.

“Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of Me this night 1 for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and t the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.”—St. Matt. xxvi. 31, 32 ; St. Mark xiv. 27, 28.

Christ in His Passion took the beginning of His griefs from His disciples; who, seeking to save themselves by flight, did all either waver in faith, or openly deny our Lord. Consider every word.

(a) ” All” Not one shall stand for Me.

(b) Ye” whom I have bestowed so many benefits upon, and loved so dearly.

(c) ” Shall be offended” that is, shall sin, being estranged from Me, and none of you shall, in this time of My Passion, be free from sin; ye shall be offended but I will not offend.

(ft) “Because of Me” of Whose words and deeds, after the sight of so many miracles, ye can justly take no manner of offence.

(e) ” This night” that is, by and bye, or in the night of ignorance.

Now call thy wits unto thee, and mark whether these same things may not happen unto thee, I say, unto thee, on whom God hath bestowed so many good things; at Whose counsels and deeds, nevertheless, thou takest offence ; for that trouble of thy vicious mind in adversity is referred unto Christ our Lord, Who either sendeth them, or, at the least, permitteth them. But such kind of offence riseth always in the night, that is, from thy blindness ; for if thou wouldest all at once look upon the benefits received at God’s hands, and the rewards prepared for thee, and the evils which thou hast committed, thou wouldest resolve in thy mind never to be moved with any adversity.

Consider here, the cause of thy offence and scandal, I say, thine own evil and troubled will; and pray unto God that He will lighten thy darkness, because thou hast never any just cause of anger and discontent.

Christ promiseth that He will go before thee into Galilee, in which promise He declareth His own goodness, Who never foretelleth any afflictions without hope of consolation. Admire here, the benignity of Christ ; and pray Him, that He never suffer thee to be tempted above thy power, but that He will increase His grace in thy temptation, that thou mayest be able to sustain it.

” Peter answered and said unto Him, Though all men shall be offended because of Thee, yet will I never be offended. Jesus said unto him, Verily, I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shall deny Me thrice. Peter said unto Him, Though I should die with Thee, yet will I not deny Thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.”—St. Matt. xxvi. 33-35.

The Apostles, after the Communion of the Body of our Lord, had made a firm resolution to live well, and were fervent, and followed Christ : as thou oftentimes, especially after receiving the Holy Eucharist, dost seriously resolve to amend thy life; but in time of consolation, thou must also think of the time of desolation, and of the expectation of contrary things, lest thou shouldest desist from prayer through vain confidence. Resolve, therefore, to do well before God ; and, praying for His help, be vigilant and observe all thine own actions; be not rash nor negligent; for if the prince of the Apostles did slip, who spake confidently out of his love and charity, how can he stand, who through pride and ambition, or for some other cause, hath too much confidence in himself, and who doth seldom resolve to amend his life, or set God before his eyes? Contemplate here, also, that the sorrow of Christ was not small to leave His disciples, whom He loved so dearly, troubled and sorrowful for His departure.

This place is very fit to meditate upon those things, which a man feeleth in time of consolation; as quietness of mind, joy, illustration of the understanding, and so forth. And, contrariwise, on such things as he feeleth in time of desolation; as perturbation, sourness, and darkness of understanding; to the end that he may, in time of prosperity, propose unto himself such good things, as in adversity he shall not change.

Pray unto Christ, that He never forsake thee in time of adversity.

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