Scripture: A reading from the Gospel of Mark (14:32-42)
They went to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, ‘Sit here while I pray.’ He took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be distressed and agitated. And he said to them, ‘I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and keep awake.’ And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. He said, ‘Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.’ He came and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, ‘Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep awake one hour? Keep awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’ And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. And once more he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they did not know what to say to him. He came a third time and said to them, ‘Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Enough! The hour has come; the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.’
Jesus knew what was going to happen. He was frightened. Who wouldn’t be? Yet, even in his prayer, he remains faithful. Jesus trusts God’s presence throughout this incredibly daunting and difficult journey.
In the difficulties of life – pandemics, job loss, illness, grief – what is our prayer? To what extent do we illustrate a profound trust that God remains present throughout the daunting and difficult journeys of our lives? How does this faith sustain us? How does this presence enable us to be present to others who may be experiencing daunting and difficult journeys?
Prayer: Gracious God, you have heard the prayers of your faithful people; you know our needs before we ask, and our ignorance in asking. Grant our requests as may be best for us. This we ask in the name of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BAS p. 554)