Tuesday, March 26, 2024

"Jesus, at Gethsemane"

A-Poem-a-Day Until Resurrection Day

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Here is a poem I wrote during Lent 2024...




I’m thinking about Jesus

and the agony He endured

in the Garden of Gethsemane

following the Passover meal

the evening He was apprehended, bound

and brought before Caiaphas, the high priest


Peter, James and John were with Him

He asked them to watch and pray

for His anguish was exceedingly great


Gethsemane means olive press—

and I imagine His torment

felt as if He Himself were in that very press

being crushed and squeezed nearly to death


From the depth of His soul

Jesus fell on His face and cried out


Abba, My Father

if it is possible

let this cup pass from Me

yet not as I will, but as You will


Sweat and drops of blood

ran in a stream down His flesh

and dripped upon the ground—

draining Him of strength


Jesus pulled himself up

and approached His disciples

but they couldn’t keep their eyes open

and had fallen asleep

He asked them again to watch and pray

that they not be tempted

then returned to the place

where He had been

to continue praying fervently


Perhaps Our Lord’s greatest agony

occurred then and there in the garden—

greater even than the excruciating pain

of the Crucifixion

as the staggering weight

of atoning for the sin of all the world

bore down heavily upon Him

unrelentingly, like pressure

upon olives in a press


In Our Lord’s unimaginable distress

an angel from Heaven

came to minister to Him


Jesus went again to seek His disciples, but

found them sleeping, as before

Alas, He knew their spirits were willing

but their flesh was weak


Suddenly there was a commotion

as a noisy crowd led by Judas Iscariot

approached, carrying lanterns

swords and clubs


Judas called out


Whomever I kiss, He is the one—

Seize him!


With that, the betrayer stepped forward

and gave Our Lord

a kiss


Maude Carolan Pych

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