- by St. John
The Agony in the Garden
And when he had dipped the bread, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. And after the
morsel, Satan entered into him. And Jesus said to him: That which thou dost, do quickly. He
therefore having received the morsel, went out immediately. And it was night. - John 13:26b-27,
While we were waiting in the Garden for Jesus to finish with his prayers, Peter, James, and I leaned
against an olive tree and began discussing the evenings events. The evening had excitement in the air.
The Passover was always like that though. Everything was pretty much normal but something did not
feel right. I was beside Jesus, reclining on His chest, when He told us that one of us would betray him.
Everyone sat upright instantly. We all began to reassure Him that it wouldn’t be us. But we also had to
ask because we knew that He would know. Even if we couldn’t see it coming in ourselves He would
know. This questioning went on for a while. Peter told me to ask Jesus point blank who it was. I was
young and didn’t really know any better so I did. He told me it would be the person who dipped his
hand in the same dish as He did. I told Peter and we both watched for a while. As we continued with
the meal Judas stood and began toward Jesus. Jesus whispered something to Judas and he left. I
figured Jesus had told him to give some money to the poor so I didn’t question the activity.
After Judas had left Jesus did a very peculiar thing. He stood and told everyone else to remain at table.
He took off His robe and put on an apron that was hanging nearby on a nail. He then took a basin of
water and began washing all of our feet. He and Peter began to argue as usual but the rest of us just
watched in awe. After we finished with the dinner and sang the traditional songs the four of us walked
out to Mount Olivet for evening prayers.
Once we entered the Garden on Olivet Jesus told us to stay together and pray while He went on
further. I was slightly frightened being out there on the hill so I placed myself between James and Peter
with my back against the tree. I think we had too much wine because the conversation quickly died off
and we all fell asleep. When I awoke I was terrified. Jesus was standing overtop of us, His eyes were
afire while He was speaking to Peter and rebuking us all for sleeping. Some torches approached from
behind us and I saw that Jesus was soaked from head to toe with sweat. He looked like a man that had
just returned from battle.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Etc.
Additional clause: ...of thy womb, Jesus, who sweat blood in agony.