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Old Jan 12, '07, 6:36 am
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Default Why was Jesus sorrowful unto death?

I can understand if he used a word like 'apprehensive' or 'my heart is burdened' or something like that.

I'm sure that during the many years of carpentry, he must have looked at a beam and thought 'someday, I'll be carrying this' and he must have thought about things every time he hammered in a nail.

But why was he sorrowful? Was it because even with the great sacrifice he was about to undertake, so many souls would be lost? Even one of his trusted 12?
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Old Jan 12, '07, 7:50 am
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I can understand if he used a word like 'apprehensive' or 'my heart is burdened' or something like that.

I'm sure that during the many years of carpentry, he must have looked at a beam and thought 'someday, I'll be carrying this' and he must have thought about things every time he hammered in a nail.

But why was he sorrowful? Was it because even with the great sacrifice he was about to undertake, so many souls would be lost? Even one of his trusted 12?
I think you may find it helpful to meditate more on the humanity of Jesus. Christ fully experienced our sadness, a rich and abiding sadness. It is the sadness of suffering -- even if it is later blessed by eternal beatitude.

I imagine he wept for the lost, and for Judas. But he also wept for the saved, that we must suffer; and He wept for sin, that such a sacrifice as his must be made necessary. And He probably wept for the actual stress He was experiencing; this was not a selfish act, but rather an act of great humility.
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Old Jan 12, '07, 8:50 am
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Hello CSN,

I would suggest reading the story of the Jesus on the mount of olives as told by Anne Catherine Emmerich. According to Anne, Jesus was shown all sins that ever were committed and all that would be committed and the realization that he would have to atone for such a mountain of sin filled Him with dread. One point which I found very poignant was that Jesus realized that so many people would be ungrateful and indifferent to the sacrifice He was making but He still went ahead anyway out of love for us.

I found it very, very moving and is something I sometimes use to meditate on our Lord's Passion. I encourage you to read it!

You can find it here:- Jesus on the Mount of Olives

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Default Re: Why was Jesus sorrowful unto death?

Jesus, in the Garden of Gethsemane(which means olive press) was himself crushed like an olive by the weight of the worlds sins(in Lk he sweats blood) and by this reversal of Adam's original disobedience (also in a garden).

The Passion begins in this moment in the garden (before the arrest).
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Thanks for the responses all.

That Catherine Emmerich stuff is quite interesting...

May God smile on you today...
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