The Garden of Gethsemane

For me, the most moving part of the Easter events is the story of Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane (cf. Mark 14: 32-42). Jesus quotes the prophet, Zechariah (13:7), to the effect that “the shepherd is struck and the sheep are scattered” — i.e. not only was he concerned for himself and what he was called to undergo, but he was also concerned about whether the disciples were ready, whether they would be open to the guidance of the Spirit, whether they would rise to the challenges of service for the world in the name of the God of Love. Jesus probably wondered about us, too — disciples long after the time of his physical presence amongst us.

This story has an enduring power to make me pause, give consideration, feel an empathy and a thanksgiving for Jesus, a contrition and a hopeful rededication. God is about a gentle persuasion that is truly glorious.


  1. Carolyn says

    For some reason this year I feel a deeper understanding, of Easter, or maybe the meaning seems greater. When I think of Jesus in the Garden, & his thoughts, I am reminded of what he did for all of us, and of how much Love God really has for all of us. Thank you Clint for your thoughts. May you have a blessed Easter.

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