The Unexpected

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.

16 thoughts on “The Unexpected

  1. Dear Sally! Everything you expected I would have as well, and in fact if I had visited there I would without a doubt had been crying and gotten on my knees in thanks and sorrow for what I helped do to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! We all carry some of the culpability and responsibility by default just being mere fallen humans. Every Easter for many years now I’ve watched “The Passion of The Christ” film as a personal offering of all my heart to Jesus in a very painful and personal way alone; as anytime I watch that film I go into a kind of shock and sob like a child and feel my guilt along with my sorrow for Him! “I am not worthy but only say the word and I shall be healed.”
    “And the centurion answered, “Lord, I’m not worthy for you to come under my roof. Just say the word, and my servant will be healed.” Matthew 8:8
    That just came to my mind and I’m starting to well up and I want to hold off on breaking down until Easter, to be as strong and committed to Him alone just as He was to His Father in heaven to the best of my ability, to be faithful to the end even unto death; in order to be saved. Everything I said to this point came to me when you said this, “I had expected that perhaps people, overcome with emotion, might be crying.” I didn’t read everything you wrote here until after I thought of this, then once I read, “our spirits are willing, but our flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41) You see Sally, how this all dovetails and the Holy Spirit was and is working through us in these writings and the reading of them. Now after reading all of your words I came upon this when I checked into the Scripture to be certain of the exact words. β€œThis is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Happy are those who are called to his supper.” forums.catholic.com
    You are right; and I hope everyone reading can see how all of what we are saying here is through our seeking Him humbly on bent knee, and that He always responds, always. This came to me now too, “He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.” Psalm 107:20 My heart is overjoyed and at peace knowing He loves us this much! AMEN. πŸ™ πŸ€— ❀️ βš“οΈ πŸ™
    Lawrence

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    1. Hi Lawrence !
      Thanks for your kind comments.
      At Easter, I am gently reminded that there are some differences between how different ‘denominations’ celebrate Easter, and I will miss the beautiful liturgical celebrations this year, especially the Easter Vigil.
      I remember, as a church cantor, I used to sing the Easter Exsultet, the proclamation. I remember looking out over the congregation,and seeing everyone holding a lit candle. Truly , as Christians, we are lights in the darkness.
      Thanks for sharing the verse Psalm 107:20. We cannot truly understand fully, in our human weakness, how much the Lord loves us. πŸ€—

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      1. Hi Sally! πŸ€— I felt and saw in your words especially when you said how much He loves us so unconditionally; how we may try our best to comprehend that idea of His love for us but that is virtually impossible for us to do, and also the fact how this all came together so beautifully; that I knew he was helping us and even by so doing He is demonstrating that love, showing us He wants to be an integral part of every bit of our lives! I know from my own personal perspective and failings that I’m not worthy, but I do get hard on myself I know too! I just become bothered that I’m not perfect or good enough and that sinning anytime in my life was such a sad thing for me to fall that way but for our Lord to be hurt by my actions is the worst of it; but then from what you have said here today I see the simplicity of what He told us, that He died for us and took away all the sin or imperfections and loves us the way we are, when we accept him with our hearts! In other words He’s got this all covered and we are after all talking about God, so nothing is impossible for Him; with Him in our hearts! His mercy is in fact greater than His judgment! He is our true love and victory! Amen. πŸ™

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      2. This is so interesting wait till you see what I said just now and how again it all flows direct and harmoniously to Him! Thank you again! I’m going to go cook a bit but perhaps later will have something to say after I ponder more! πŸ€—

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    1. My husband is the king of adages. One of his favourite ones is :’ Expect the Unexpected.’ Israel is very beautiful and vibrant. The presence of the Holy Spirit is powerful there. Thanks for your comment. πŸ€—

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  2. My memory of the Garden of Gethsemane is of my mother standing amidst the olive trees with tears swimming in her eyes. I’m sure the chatter was there, but I’m thankful for the opportunity to have made the trip with my mother.

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