(Day 8 of Novena Prayers to All Saints)
Scripture Reading: James 1:12
One of the most visited places in Jerusalem is the Garden of Gethsemane. It is filled with Olive trees. On this trip, I discovered that the name Gethsemane means the olive press. We got to see an olive press to understand how it crushes the olives to make oil. I think that it is important to know when considering what happened there the night before our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified.
Matthew 26 tells us that Jesus Christ went there with the disciples and that grief and anguish came over Him. In verse 38, He said, “The sorrow in my heart is so great that it almost crushes me” (GNT). He was being pressed like an olive at that moment. His prayer in the next verse is what I want to focus on today. He prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, take this cup of suffering from me! Yet not what I want, but what you want.”
Each of us has times in our lives when we are being crushed by problems and things going on. Just like our Lord Jesus Christ, our first instinct is to pray, “Father, if it’s possible, get me out of this!” We cry and we pray for God to help us. But what if God wants to use that time to create a holy offering in your life? What if He is allowing you to be crushed so that what is inside comes out? I am sure the olives in the press do not appreciate the stone mill rolling over them, but what comes out is more useful than just the olive by itself.
Our Lord Jesus Christ understood this. That is why His next breath was, “Yet not what I want, but what you want.” Instead of praying for God to get us out of the press, ask God that His will be done instead of ours. James 1:12 says, “Happy are those who remain faithful under trials, because when they succeed in passing such a test, they will receive as their reward the life which God has promised to those who love him.” .
MASS: WHITE Titus 2:1-8.11-14; Ps 37:3-18.104.22.168.29(R.39a); Accl Jn 14:23; Gospel Lk 17:7-10
- God, you know me better than I know myself. You know my fears and my desires. You know how much I want this. I know you love me. I know you have a plan for me. Please, Lord, don’t let my desires blind me to your will. If this is not within your plan for me, throw up a Brick Wall. Help me follow your will, Father. Give me peace in whatever is your will -Amen
- Pray for the will of God to be done in the lives of all Users of DSD seeking life partners and fruits of the womb.
- Take the prayer, Prayer to Mary our Mother in DSD section A
Exercise: Take other Prayers of our Novena Prayers to All Saints as directed in DSD Section B
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