August 15, 2022     8:49 am
107. Week of Third Sunday in Lent - Monday
His sweat was mingled with blood
          Yet it pleased God to bruise Him.   Isaiah 53:10
          Sorrowful to death, under the burden of God's wrath and curse, Jesus withdrew from His disciples, and went about a stone's throw farther into the garden, and falling upon His face, He prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him. He said: "Abba, Father, all things are possible to You; take away this cup from Me. Nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will." But God did not turn to Him now. However, there appeared an angel to Him from heaven and strengthened Him. A creature must strengthen its Creator! And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. And His sweat was mingled with blood, and in great drops fell down to the ground. And He came to His disciples. And He found them sleeping. And He said to Peter: "Simon, are you sleeping? Couldn't you watch with Me one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit, truly, is ready, but the flesh is weak." O my dear Saviour! - And He left them again and prayed, saying: "O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from Me, except I drink it, Your will be done." And He arose from prayer and returned to His disciples. And again He found them sleeping for sorrow; for their eyes were heavy, neither did they know what to answer Him.- And He left them, and prayed the same words for the third time. And He came to His disciples the third time and said: "Sleep on now and take your rest; it is enough." He was now fully resolved. And He added: "Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going. Behold, he is at hand that betrays Me."
          No pen can describe, no tongue can utter, no reason can comprehend what cup of suffering it was which our Saviour drained in that hour. Unfathomable, inconceivable sufferings of the soul when forsaken by God! The torments of hell! But it was for us that the Saviour drained that cup, in order that we may not drain it, but that the heavenly Father might most graciously turn to us poor sinners and embrace and comfort us in life and death.
          PRAYER: - O Heavenly Father, who for my sake did forsake Your dear Son, and delivered Him into the utmost anguish and agony of soul, restore to me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me with Your free Spirit. Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities, since Your Son, my dear Lord, has borne them for me. From Your Word and through Your Holy Spirit make me to hear joy and gladness, that my heart may rejoice. Nevermore forsake me, but comfort me with Your mighty love in life and death. I ask this for Jesus' sake. Amen.

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August 15, 2022     8:49 am