And there appeared to Him an angel from heaven to strengthen Him. And falling into an agony He prayed all the more earnestly. And His sweat became like drops of blood running down upon the ground. And rising from prayer. He came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow. And He said to them, “Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, so that you may not enter into temptation” (Lk 22: 43– 46).
Time flies for sure! We just finished up the Christmas season, and we are headed straight for Lent. Regardless of the time of year, my favorite mysteries of the Rosary is the Sorrowful mysteries.
Always, when reading the scripture for it, one thing always that always jump out at me is:
“Rise and pray, so that you may not enter into temptation.”
Right before our Lord was about to undergo his greatest trial, He no doubt was tempted by the Evil One. Just like He was tempted when He first started his ministry after His baptism.
But during this time, Jesus asked for help, and in response Angles were sent to comfort him in his time of need, and to strengthen him. The disciples that were supposed to stay awake with him were asleep.
Now Jesus knew what cup he must drink. He knew what was coming, which is why he fell into an agony, but his disciples were asleep for sorrow.”
There have been so many things that has happened in the past few months. Not just with me, but with other members of my family as well. There is so much to have sorrow over, but there is much room for rejoicing.
However, during the deepest fog of what was going on, I have to ask myself, did I allow myself to go into a deep sorrow that numbed me. I prayed, but it was hard to keep my focus. It was easy to fall into doubt, and temptation. I’m thankful that I haven’t fallen into despair, but when trouble faces your door, it’s hard not to feel down, like the Apostles.
But Jesus, the awesome person that he is, teaches us at this time what to do when we see and know trouble to knock at our door. Instead of giving in to our sorrow, we are taught to pray. Even when we are in deep sorrow, or agony, we are to pray more earnestly to ask for help during our difficult times.
When things gets rough, we tend to turn inward and our minds focuses on our problems. Looking at the disciples as our example, when that happens, we fall deeper into sorrow and we become numb.
I’m sure we’ve all been there at times. “What else can happen?” “Why me?”
Jesus showed us that even in deep worries, concerns, or problems, we shouldn’t falter in our prayers. We shouldn’t be paralyzed or filled with doubt. We have to remember that evil is allowed to happen because there is a greater good that only God can see.
This week, I know I’m going to be thinking about this a lot. When I’m sleeping, or wake up in the middle night upset about something, I do as our Lord commands: