Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday in Pentecost, Proper 11: Consider him in the Garden

Opening Sentence
Their sound has gone out into all lands, and their message to the ends of the world. Psalm 19:4

Commemoration: Mary Magdalene
Almighty God, whose blessed Son restored Mary Magdalene to health of body and of mind, and called her to be a witness of his resurrection: Mercifully grant that by your grace we may be healed from all our infirmities and know you in the power of his unending life; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, on God, now and for ever. Amen.

Psalter: Psalm 44

Lessons: Joshua 7:1-13Romans 13:8-14Matthew 26:36-46

As we consider him in the Garden and dimly see what his obedience meant to him, we see that for us, too, the deepest aim of our life is this: to learn to be obedient to the will of God in all circumstances and at all cost. And as we watch him at prayer in Gethsemane and see how he, as Man, shrunk from the final cost of his life-long obedience, though his whole desire and purpose was to do the will of God, perfectly, we need never be ashamed or discouraged if there are times when we shrink back from some approaching pain or sorrow or act of self-denial. If we pray persistently for courage and the spirit of complete obedience, we, too, will know the power which enabled our Lord to carry through his self-offering triumphantly to the bitter end. A Quaker saint once wrote to a friend in trouble: "I know the can say 'Thy will be done,' but thee must say it deeper down."

Similarly, when we are meeting suffering which seems inexplicable and intolerable, when our whole being cries out "Why? Why?" and even wonders whether it can be true that God is love, look at Jesus in Gethsemane; wait quietly with him, and your soul will be quieted, almost without your knowing why or how.

Olive Wyon
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