Some call him the son of God. Others think of him as a profit, or an avatar. Still others deny he ever existed… rather just a myth. I say that regardless of whatever many may feel or think about him, Jesus of Nazareth told a story that is beautiful… and so very misconstrued by so many. He spoke of peace. He spoke of the fact that each of us was nothing more than our brother’s keeper. He told the rich man who wished to follow him ‘Go and give all your riches to the poor and follow me.’ Alas, the man could not do it, and walked away embarrassed. According to the New Testament, or to the myth, the night he was betrayed in the garden, Jesus took some time to be alone before the guards arrived to arrest him.
He knelt on the ground in concern. Jesus knew that he was about to face such a trial of his faith. He knew that he would be going through this without the Christ spirit… by his choice. When he told his disciples ‘what I do you can do… and more’ he meant that each of us, with the strength of faith, can endure anything. So, Jesus separated himself from the Christ spirit and chose to walk with but his mortal faith. When he fell to the ground in the garden and said ‘Father, if this cup can pass quickly‘ he experienced the fears that a mortal would feel. It was said that blood flowed from his brow from the intensity of this moment. He found the spiritual balance within his essence, and he stood up to face the consequences of the prophecies.
When any of us has the truth and the passion for justice flowing through us, we may, or we can, face the deeds of the foolish or the ghoulish. The truth in that garden in that story of one man, who walked in peace, should be preamble for us all. When we take the easy way out, or that road of less controversy, we lose our very nature.
Philip A. Farruggio is son and grandson of Brooklyn, NYC longshoremen. He is a free lance columnist (usually found on the fine Dandelion Salad site), an environmental products sales rep and an activist. Since 2010, Philip is a spokesperson for the 25% Solution Movement to Save Our Cities by cutting military spending 25%. Philip can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.