After his Last Supper with his friends, Jesus goes to the Garden of Gethsemane, where he prays to his father. Fully human, Jesus asks whether this cup may pass him by. Luke’s Gospel says that “he was in such agony and he prayed so fervently that his sweat became like drops of blood falling on the ground.”
Despite his agony, despite the fears and uncertainty he must have felt in his humanness, Jesus’ comes to yes: Your will, not mine, be done.
Here are two different accounts of Jesus’ prayer. They are very different from each other, yet each offers much for reflection as we stay awake with Jesus this evening – or at least try to.
Here is Danielle Rose’s interpretation of Jesus’ prayer, from her CD-set Rosary:
And here is Gethesemane from Jesus Christ Superstar:
Blessings on this Holy Thursday!