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Part Two – THE DESERT AND THE CROSS: A Meditation Series on the Temptations of Jesus in the Desert Through the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary

2015.02.27 Crucifix Canticle of the Passion 02

First Mystery: Agony in the Garden – Being led by the Spirit, not my will but Your will be done.

Immediately after your baptism, led by the Holy Spirit, you entered the desolation of the desert and fasted for 40 days and 40 nights, and you were hungry.  It is in the desert we are made acutely aware of our human frailty.  In rugged desolation, food, water, and shelter are precious and hard to find.  We are alone before God and we realize the depth of our hunger.  This is when we are most prone to temptation, most vulnerable to sin.  Do we trust God to provide for us, in His time, or do we shake our fist at God and attempt to make our own way?

Jesus, in the quiet dark of night in the garden, you were tempted once again.  Feeling the weight of sin pressing down on you, you ask that the cup set before you pass by, “but not my will, but your will be done.”  Though sin entered humanity in the first garden, it is in this garden that, out of perfect love and obedience, you become sin for us.  By so doing, you show us the way out of the desert, out of the garden, the way to our Heavenly Father.  Grant us the grace to humbly submit to our loving Father’s will for us and to faithfully follow you through our times of darkness, hunger, and temptation.

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