Monday, March 30, 2015
Holy Week 2015, The Five Sorrowful Mysteries: The Agony in the Garden
Could Our Lord have succumbed to temptation? No, for the Lord's human nature is inextricably bound with His divine nature, the human will with the divine will. Yet His human nature must suffer the same instincts for self-preservation, and so for Our Lord the agony is doubled as Satan himself tries to tear Our Lord apart from within. Of course, he fails for Our Lord wills not that the cup be taken from Him without His Father's will.
The Agony in the Garden is indeed a Mystery of the Personhood of Our Lord. It is a Mystery in which we partake every time we are tempted to fall away into apostasy, apathy and complacency. Our temptation frequently leads us into sin, but it is because of Our Lord's rejection of these miserable demons that we too may find escape from them.