Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”
Matthew 26: 45 – 46
You have to feel for Jesus in this moment. For a divine being, he had a very human dependence on others in his life. He was raised by human parents who taught him to walk, read and speak. He counted on the generosity of people like Mary and Martha for food and shelter as he travelled. And he looked to his disciples for company and companionship all through his Ministry. But as well as experiencing all the benefits of relying on others, Jesus also experienced its downside, the horrible feeling when someone lets you down.
It’s easy to criticise the Disciples. Surely on this most important of nights they could have just stayed up with Jesus? But the truth is we can often fall asleep to others needs. All of us can find ourselves moved when we hear about people’s suffering, only to move on and forget about it just a short time later. We tune out and move on. The problem with this is that most problems, from global crises to family drama, can’t be fixed in an afternoon, they take time and commitment. So we need to be disciplined and not fall asleep to needs of others. It can be hard, but when we keep our eyes open, we are able to stay focused and make an impact.
Prayer: Living God, help me to do the hard work of paying attention to the needs of others. When I am tempted to look away, give me the strength and endurance I need to stay awake with Jesus.
Action: Today, make sure you are fully awake and aware of what is going on around you. If something seems wrong or amiss, pay attention to it. Then ask God if there’s anything you can do about it.