Thought for the Day – 17 November – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)
Have We Ever Abandoned Jesus?
“The Apostles did not wish to abandon Jesus in theory but, in practice, they did so.
Remember the tragic scene in Gethsemane.
One Apostle had gone to betray Jesus as if He were a criminal and, to sell Him, as if He were a slave!
The others were asleep.
Jesus alone and deserted, was praying for ungrateful humanity.
He perspired blood and prepared to drink the bitter chalice of humiliation and of the most ignominious form of death.
The hired soldiers arrived and arrested Him, as a seducer of the people.
What was the reaction of the Apostles who had so often promised to be faithful to their Master until death?
The Evangelist tells us, “Then all the disciples left Him and fled.” (Mt 26:56).
Let us examine ourselves.
Are we faithful to Jesus only when everything is going well, when the cross is not too heavy and when we are not too strongly tempted to sin?”
Antonio Cardinal Bacci