Keeping Vigil During Christ’s Agony in the Garden

Photo credit: The Agony in the Garden by Andrea Mantegna

Photo credit: The Agony in the Garden by Andrea Mantegna

Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to feel sorrow and distress. Then he said to them, “My soul is sorrowful even to death. Remain here and keep watch with me.” He advanced a little and fell prostrate in prayer, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will.”

Matthew 26:36-39

Reflection Question: Jesus asks us to stay awake, to stay with him and keep vigil. As Christ and his body in the world today continue to suffer in the garden of the world, am I staying vigilant, or am I falling asleep?