Does human behaviour sometimes disappoint you ?
In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jerusalem, I had the expectation that everyone would be in awe, and silent.
This is where our Lord prayed, in anguish, to his Father, and where he was betrayed and arrested after celebrating the Last Supper with his disciples. I anticipated that since this is a solemn, sacred place, it would be quiet. I imagined that people would be earnestly praying , thanking Jesus for his sacrifice for humanity. I had expected that perhaps people, overcome with emotion, might be crying.
This was not the case ! The garden was noisy with the chatter of the visiting pilgrims.
Two women in our group had chosen this time to look at pictures of each others’ grandchildren. Some men were discussing baseball statistics, while another man was explaining how well his investment portfolio was doing.
I sensed, though, that despite the noise our group was making, and our seeming disrespect, Jesus was glad that we had come to visit.
He completely understands our frailties and shortcomings; he knows that our spirits are willing, but our flesh is weak. (Matthew 26:41)
He loves us unconditionally, and during this Easter season, he is closer to us than ever.