|BEAD BY BEAD:
MEDITATIONS ON THE ROSARY,
The Sorrowful Mysteries
Sixth Mystery: The Agony in the Garden
After Christ had partaken of the Supper with His Apostles and conferred
upon them their priestly powers and they were about to receive Holy
Communion, Judas, resolved to betray his Master resolved not to partake
of the Sacred Species if at all possible. He was able to depart without
the other Apostles knowing and made for the pharisees and Jewish
Our Redeemer left the Cenacle with the Eleven for the Mount of Olives
by crossing the torrent of Cedron (John 18:1) and into the Garden of
Gethsemane. He told the Apostles to wait for Him there (Matth, 26:36)
while He went up further to pray; He left eight of them there, taking
with Him Saints Peter, John and James.
7. As a ratification of this Divine Decree, while yet Our Master was in His agony, the Eternal Father for the third time sent an Archangel to the earth in order to comfort Him by a sensible message and confirmation of what He already knew by the infused science of His Most Holy Soul; for the Angel could not tell Our Lord anything He did not know, nor could he produce any additional effect on His Interior Consciousness for this purpose.
8. While Our Savior occupied Himself in praying to His Father for the spiritual salvation of the human race, the perfidious disciple Judas sought to hasten the delivery at Christ into the hands of the priests and pharisees. At the same time Lucifer and his demons, not being able to divert the perverse will of Judas and of the other enemies of Christ from their designs on the life of Christ their Creator and Master, changed the tactics of their satanic malice and began to incite the Jews to greater cruelty and effrontery in their dealings with The Savior. ... the devil was filled with great suspicions lest this most extraordinary Man be the Messias and The True God.
At the instigation of Judas they hastily gathered together a large band of people to apprehend the Most Innocent Lamb, Who was awaiting them and Who was aware of all the thoughts and schemes of the sacrilegious priests, as foretold expressly by Jeremias (Jer. 11:19). All these servants of malice, bearing arms and provided with ropes and chains, in the glaring torch and lantern light issued forth from the city in the direction of Mount Oliveto; while They were approaching, the Lord returned the third time to His Apostles and finding them asleep spoke to them: "Sleep ye now, and take your rest. It is enough: the hour is come; behold the Son of Man shall be betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise up, let us go. Behold he that will betray Me is at hand" (Mark 14:41). They arose and Jesus went with them to join the other eight Apostles.
9. Judas advanced in order to give the signal upon which he had agreed with his companions (Matth. 26:48), namely the customary, but now feigned kiss of peace, by which they were to distinguish Jesus as the One Whom they should single out from the rest and immediately seize. The traitor then ran up to the Meekest Lord, and, as a consummate hypocrite, hiding his hatred, he imprinted on His countenance the kiss of peace, saying: "God save Thee, Master." By this so treacherous act the perdition of Judas was matured and God was justified in withholding His grace and help. On the part of the unfaithful Apostle, malice and temerity reached their highest degree; for, interiorly denying or disbelieving the uncreated and created wisdom by which Christ must know of his treason, and ignoring His power to destroy Him, he sought to hide his malice under the cloak of the friendship of a true Apostle; and all this for the purpose of delivering over to such a frightful and cruel death his Creator and Master, to Whom he was bound by so many obligations. In this one act of treason he committed so many formidable sins, that it is impossible to fathom their immensity; for he was treacherous, murderous, sacrilegious.
10. The soldiers asked Him if He was Jesus of Nazareth and He said "I am He." (John 18:5). They continued to wait as if not certain Whom it was before them. Jesus again said that he was Jesus of Nazareth. Peter, having possession of a sword, drew it and struck one of the servants, Malchus, of the high priest and cut off his right ear. And Jesus said to Peter: "Put up thy sword ... the chalice which My Father hath given Me, shall I not drink it?" (John 18:8-11). And they led Him away to Annas, the father-in-law of Caiphas the high priest.
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