In the fifth fruit, Bonaventure focuses our attention on Jesus’ confidence in his final trials. Focusing on the betrayal by Judas to his arrest in the garden of Gethsemane, Bonaventure shows his readers how Jesus operated with a deep understanding of God’s providence. In light of this overarching perspective, Jesus treated Judas with compassion and approached his captors with calm and conviction. Throughout this discussion, Bonaventure continually turns the eyes of the reader toward perceiving the intense compassion which Jesus showed toward those were hostile toward his enemies, even his closest enemy, namely, Judas. Bonaventure tries to get the reader to perceive the greatness of God’s mercy to all people, even to the most hardened of sinners like Judas. Join us this week as we discuss Bonaventure’s spiritual reflections on the betrayal of Jesus and his arrest in Gethsemane.

Jesus Christ Praying in the Garden of Gethsemane .

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