You’re standing in the middle of the Garden of Gethsemane. As you look to one side you see a small group of men sitting and laying around the ground making small talk or sleeping. To the other side, about a stone’s throw from the group of men, you see Christ in a crushed, huddled position on the ground, weeping and praying. His skin is coated in bloody sweat.
Which direction will you and I move?
Every day each of us has the opportunity to stand in the middle of the Garden of Gethsemane in some way, and make a decision. Do we turn towards the group of men and join them? It always feels more comfortable to fit in with others. Or do we turn towards Christ and move to embrace Him in His bloody sweat? This is always the more difficult decision. It is however the one that proves loyalty to the Divine King.
As our relationship with Christ deepens, true charity for others will deepen, and our understanding and desire to work for the salvation of souls and to defend the Catholic faith will be strengthened. These days are powerful, but they will pass quickly. Don’t waste them! It is far too easy for us to allow ourselves to be distracted by things in this world, even things that are not in and of themselves bad. This is the holiest week of the year. It is a time for each of us to focus on one thing above everything else, and that is the relationship each of us has with Christ.