Jesus Goes to Jerusalem

In the morning, while the Apostles were engaged at Jerusalem in preparing for the Pasch, Jesus, who had remained at Bethania, took an affecting leave of the holy women, of Lazarus, and of His Blessed Mother, and gave them some final instructions. I saw Our Lord conversing apart with His Mother, and He told her, among other things, that He had sent Peter, the Apostle of faith, and John, the Apostle of love, to prepare for the Pasch at Jerusalem. He said, in speaking of Magdalen, whose grief was excessive, that her love was great, but still somewhat human, and that on this account her sorrow made her beside herself. He spoke also of the schemes of the traitor Judas, and the Blessed Virgin prayed for him. Judas had again left Bethania to go to Jerusalem, under pretense of paying some debts that were due. He spent his whole day in hurrying backwards and forwards from one Pharisee to another, and making his final agreements with them. He was shown the soldiers who had been engaged to seize the person of our Divine Saviour, and he so arranged his journeys to and fro as to be able to account for his absence. I beheld all his wicked schemes and all his thoughts. He was naturally active and obliging, but these good qualities were choked by avarice, ambition, and envy, which passions he made no effort to control. In Our Lord’s absence he had even performed miracles and healed the sick.

When Our Lord announced to His Blessed Mother what was going to take place, she besought Him, in the most touching terms, to let her die with Him. But He exhorted her to show more calmness in her sorrow than the other women, told her that He should rise again, and named the very spot where He should appear to her. She did not weep much, but her grief was indescribable, and there was something almost awful in her look of deep recollection. Our Divine Lord returned thanks, as a loving Son, for all the love she had borne Him, and pressed her to His heart. He also told her that He would make the Last Supper with her, spiritually, and named the hour at which she would receive His precious Body and Blood. Then once more He, in touching language, bade farewell to all, and gave them different instructions.

About twelve o’clock in the day, Jesus and the nine Apostles went from Bethania up to Jerusalem, followed by seven disciples, who, with the exception of Nathaniel and Silas, came from Jerusalem and the neighborhood. Among these were John, Mark, and the son of the poor widow who, the Thursday previous, had offered her mite in the Temple, while Jesus was preaching there. Jesus had taken him into His company a few days before. The holy women set off later.

Jesus and His companions walked around Mount Olivet, about the valley of Josaphat, and even as far as Mount Calvary. During the whole of this walk, He continued giving them instructions. He told the Apostles, among other things, that until then He had given them His bread and His wine, but that this day He was going to give them His Body and Blood, His whole Self—all that He had and all that He was. The countenance of our Lord bore so touching an expression while He was speaking, that His whole soul seemed to breathe forth from His lips, and He appeared to be languishing with love and desire for the moment when He should give Himself to man. His disciples did not understand Him, but thought that He was speaking of the Paschal lamb. No words can give an adequate idea of the love and resignation which were expressed in these last discourses of Our Lord at Bethania, and on His way to Jerusalem.

This article is taken from a chapter in The Dolorous Passion of Our Jesus Christ by Anne Catherine Emmerich which is available from TAN Books.



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