Psalms 105:1-4, 6-9
14 since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same nature, that through death he might destroy him who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong bondage. 16 for surely it is not with angels that he is concerned but with the descendants of abraham. 17 therefore he had to be made like his brethren in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of god, to make expiation for the sins of the people. 18 for because he himself has suffered and been tempted, he is able to help those who are tempted.
Psalms 105:1-4, 6-9
1 o give thanks to the lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples! 2 sing to him, sing praises to him, tell of all his wonderful works! 3 glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the lord rejoice! 4 seek the lord and his strength, seek his presence continually! 6 o offspring of abraham his servant, sons of jacob, his chosen ones! 7 he is the lord our god; his judgments are in all the earth. 8 he is mindful of his covenant for ever, of the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations, 9 the covenant which he made with abraham, his sworn promise to isaac,
29 and immediately he left the synagogue, and entered the house of simon and andrew, with james and john. 30 now simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever, and immediately they told him of her. 31 and he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her; and she served them. 32 that evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. 33 and the whole city was gathered together about the door. 34 and he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. 35 and in the morning, a great while before day, he rose and went out to a lonely place, and there he prayed. 36 and simon and those who were with him pursued him, 37 and they found him and said to him, “every one is searching for you.” 38 and he said to them, “let us go on to the next towns, that i may preach there also; for that is why i came out.” 39 and he went throughout all galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.
The first reading from Hebrews really resonated with me. It manifested the realization within me the love of God for his people is immeasurable.
The sorrowful mysteries of the rosary now ignite my heart in a way they hadn’t before. Whether it was a metaphor or fact that he suffered to the point of sweating blood, it’s telling signifies that he was human and that his anxiety and fear of what was to come was crippling. His prayer of acceptance to the will of his father through this fear is also an example that we can persevere through our sufferings big and small, even death, and triumph over evil as well.
I’ve been contemplating this scripture passage since yesterday morning, and am at a loss to articulate just how humble and grateful I am tio the Holy Spirit in bringing me so much closer to our God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!