“While he lived on earth, anticipating death, Jesus cried out in pain and wept in sorrow as he offered up priestly prayers to God.” (The Message)
Life can sometimes be very challenging; in fact, it can be hard, crushing and seemingly without reason. We’ve probably all experienced hard times and losses in life. And, the bad things in life seem to hit the young, the innocent, the blameless as hard as those that we may think deserve them.
This reading tells us that even Jesus fully experienced all the sorrow, disappointment, fear and pain that have always been part of the human experience. When we’re going through these things – trivial or monumental – we can take them to Jesus and he’ll understand. He’ll completely understand because he has experienced the same feelings. He’s like a best friend who can look at you and know that you’re struggling, hurting because they’ve been so close to you. But he’s even better than a best friend because he knows your heart even better than you do.
He will hear your cries and pleas. And he will always be there; ready to bring you through the hard times to a better place.