“And on the night He was betrayed… He broke bread and lifted it up and gave thanks.” If Jesus can give thanks *in that*, I can give thanks in everything.
We need to pause and reflect on the period of time between the cross and the resurrection. The apostles and disciples had a choice. In their disappointment and confusion, they could have abandoned each other and ran for the relative safety of their former homes and lifestyles. However, they chose to stay together, even in the midst of their fear and disillusionment. Although they did not yet know the exultation of the resurrection, they knew the wonder of the cross.
Suffering inflicted on Jesus by others had the appearance at least of being involuntary. The sufferings of Gethsemane, deep in his soul, could touch him only because he willed it, to give us courage in our own fears, to set us an example, to merit for us the grace needed in our own interior conflicts.