Thought for The Day – Tuesday 11th May

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Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

Matthew 26: 36 – 38

Being alone when facing hardship is an exceptionally difficult thing, more so when you are the only one who truly understands what is ahead of you. Even Jesus when faced with imminent arrest and crucifixion sought company with friends. What do you think it was like for these three Apostles to see Jesus like this? What do you think it says about Jesus that the Messiah was willing to let 3 human beings see him like this?

When times are difficult airs and graces go out the window; people see us as we really are. It’s both a moment of vulnerability and immense trust because all pretence is removed. If God himself was willing to be like this amongst his friends, should we not?

Prayer: Father, grant me the good fortune to be surrounded by people I can trust when things are tough and I need help. May I in turn be that person to others who need it!

Action: Open yourself to the vulnerability of others and recognise how blessed you are to have other people you can trust.