38and he said to them, “The sorrow in my heart is so great that it almost crushes me. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
39He went a little farther on, threw himself face downward on the ground, and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, take this cup of suffering from me! Yet not what I want, but what you want.”
Reflection: Let’s be honest: it’s a bit uncomfortable watching Jesus be so sad. We want to look away or fix it – anything to not have to sit in it with him. But his sadness tells us something important. He is sad because he is about to die and be (temporarily) separated from God; separated from his father who loves him. But it’s a willing separation – a willing death – in order to achieve salvation and forgiveness of sins for all humans. But that doesn’t make it easy. Were there any other
way, that would be preferable.
Question: How does it make you feel knowing that Jesus willingly died so you could have eternal life?
Prayer: Dear God, I don’t like being sad. Thank you that you and Jesus were willing to be sad so that I can live with you forever. Amen.
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