Read Matthew 26:36-46
While the disciples slept, Jesus prayed in Gethsemane that, if possible, this cup might pass from him. In Matthew 20:22- 23 Jesus asked James and John if they could drink from this
cup that he was about to drink from.
What is the cup that Jesus refers to? Do you think Jesus knew before this moment that he would suffer death?
When Jesus prayed for his Father’s will do be done, do you think his prayer was a sign of doubt or a sign of faith?
Why is it so important to know that we can bring our deepest concerns, even about suffering and death, to our Father?
Jesus asks us for a little thing like prayer: 10 minutes, 30 minutes, an hour, and we can’t even find the time to do that. If we can’t be faithful in the little things how will God leave the greater responsibilities with us? Despite the disciples’ failures and ours Jesus prayed for himself and for us: “not as I will, but as you will” and on the cross his prayer smashed through all of our shortcomings: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” It is through his forgiveness and mercy that we can live life together, witness and show mercy today.