Watch and Pray

‘When it was evening, Jesus and the twelve disciples sat down to eat. During the meal Jesus said, “I tell you, one of you will betray me.”

The disciples were very upset and began to ask him, one after the other, “Surely, Lord, you don’t mean me?”

Jesus answered, “One who dips his bread in the dish with me will betray me. The Son of Man will die as the Scriptures say he will, but how terrible for that man who will betray the Son of Man! It would have been better for that man if he had never been born!”

Judas, the traitor, spoke up. “Surely, Teacher, you don’t mean me?” he asked.

Jesus answered, “So you say.”

Matthew 26:20-25 (GNT)

He had always loved those in the world who were his own, and he loved them to the very end.

John 13:1b (GNT)

We follow Jesus as he washes the feet of the disciples – even Judas. We follow him as he walks to the garden. We follow him as he falls to his knees and cries out in anguish to his Father. Like the disciples who fell asleep when they were meant to be keeping watch, we too (despite ourselves) fall asleep, become distracted, confused, weary. Like the disciples, it’s not that we don’t love, but that we’re scared. We’re human. But:

‘Betrayal isn’t the end of the story; man’s salvation is.’

From The Little Way of Lent

by Fr. Gary Caster

Forgive me, Lord, for all the times I fall asleep when I should be leaning on you with every inch of my being. Forgive me for all the times my frailty lets you down. I am nothing without you. Thank you for the gift of the Eucharist, for the gift of yourself. Stay with me. Remain here with me, Father, for you are the ground of all my beseeching.