Thursday, March 29, 2007
"Could you not watch one hour with me?"
Jesus is fully human; he is feeling dread as he knows what he is going to suffer and knows how he is to die on the cross having fortold details to the disciples earlier. Now his whole being is struggling. Luke tells us that he was "in such agony and he prayed so fervently that his sweat became like drops of blood falling on the ground." Mark tells us that he was praying 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 your want."
Then he came and found them sleeping; 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 temptation; the spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak."
And again he went away and prayed saying the same words. And once more came and found them sleeping... Lord, let me stay and watch and pray with you.