The More Earnest Prayer of Christ
And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly...
His last prayer in the garden began, as most as his prayers began—in earnest, certainly, but not without distraction, an habitual...what? Distance? Well, yes, a sort of distance, or a mute remove from the genuine distress he witnessed in the endlessly grasping hands of multitudes and, often enough, in his own embarrassing circle of intimates. Even now, he could see these where they slept, sprawled upon their robes or wrapped among the arching olive trees. Still, something new, unlikely, uncanny was commencing as he spoke. As the divine in him contracted to an ache, a throbbing in the throat, his vision blurred, his voice grew thick and unfamiliar; his prayer — just before it fell to silence — became uniquely earnest. And in that moment — perhaps because it was so new — he saw something, had his first taste of what he would become, first pure taste of the body, and the blood.
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