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The Story Of A Young Priest


Olive Trees outside the Church of All Nation by the Garden of Gethsemane.  Picture via Wikipedia

Olive Trees outside the Church of All Nation by the Garden of Gethsemane. Picture via Wikipedia

Some twenty years ago, I was sitting by myself in the Church of All Nations, built next to the Garden of Gethsemane, just outside the Old City of Jerusalem. As always, semi-darkness filled the interior because the purple colored windows let in little daylight.

A short time later, a group of 48 American priests came to pray at this Holy Place where Jesus sweated blood on Holy Thursday night. Among them, I noticed a young priest, about 35 years old, in a wheel chair, evidently suffering from a progressive bone disease.

As the others in his group left, he stayed behind for a last desperate prayer, with his head bowed and his hands clenched tightly. He was probably repeating the words that Jesus spoke in the Garden, “Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass, but not my Will, but Thine be done!”

A few days later, in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, in Old Jerusalem, I saw the same priest dressed in red vestments making his way to Mt. Calvary. With the help of two armed crutches and several friends, he was dragging himself along. The steep stairs leading up to Calvary count up to seventeen and present a real challenge, even to a healthy person.

The young priest, “Another Christ”, with his days of active work painfully shortened, was offering himself as a victim on Mt. Calvary to the Father, as Christ, the High Priest, had done in that very place 2,000 years before.

Heavy crosses come our way in our journey through life: sickness, “sell outs” by so-called friends, heartaches and challenges of all kinds. In all these happenings, we can imitate this young priest, whom I never saw again, but will always remember. Bow our heads, clasp our hands and say, “Father, let this cup pass, if possible, but not my will, but Thine be done.”

Fr. George Mc Kenna

August 15, 2015 - Posted by | Bulletins | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Thank you Fr George for all your helpful words.

    On 15 August 2015 at 13:41, God is Good! wrote:

    > Fr. George McKenna posted: ” Some twenty years ago, I was sitting by > myself in the Church of All Nations, built next to the Garden of > Gethsemane, just outside the Old City of Jerusalem. As always, > semi-darkness filled the interior because the purple colored windows let in > little “

    Comment by Joe Harrington | August 17, 2015 | Reply


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