Day 74 – March 15

Today’s Readings:

Deuteronomy 7-8
Mark 14:27-53
Psalm 74

“Abba, Father, all things are possible to you. Take this cup away from me, but not what I will but what you will.” – Mark 14:36

It is difficult to imagine what must have been going on through Jesus’ mind as he prayed these words. He knew what the Father asked of him. He didn’t want to die and it must have taken every ounce of strength to steal himself from running from the fear in himself, and pain he knew would come. Would no one share this agony with him? His closest disciples were nearby, but unable to keep their eyes open. Those that could have comforted him in his agony were caught in the arms of sleep.

What it is like to face a struggle and feel there is no one who is sharing in your burden. Jesus understands all too well our own feelings of isolation; of feeling alone. How he dealt with is own struggle gives us hope. He turns to prayer to sustain him when his friends cannot. It is there, in Gethsemane, on his knees he finds strength for the battle that lies ahead. It is where we too can be strengthened when all human resources fail us.

May God Bless you.


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