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This week’s readings are all from Matthew 26. Click here to see a full listing of each day’s reading and the full chapters of Matthew 26. Full readings of each day’s smaller segments of the readings will be posted on this site during the week.

Today's Reading

36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and became anguished and distressed. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, even to the point of death. Remain here and stay awake with me.” 39 Going a little farther, he threw himself down with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if possible, let this cup pass from me! Yet not what I will, but what you will.” 40 Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. He said to Peter, “So, couldn’t you stay awake with me for one hour? 41 Stay awake and pray that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will must be done.” 43 He came again and found them sleeping; they could not keep their eyes open. 44 So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same thing once more. 45 Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour is approaching, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Get up, let us go. Look! My betrayer is approaching!”

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Shelley Johnson
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It's late. They just had a big meal and wine. Then walked a mile through the Kidron Valley to get to the Garden of Gethsemane. Peter, James, and John just couldn't stay awake. Every time they closed their eyes to pray, they dozed off...having no idea what's about to happen. 😔

Jeffrey Bull
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Todays reading is one of the most difficult passages in the Bible for me…yes an emotional passage…as a teen, I grew up in the time of the rock star opera “Jesus Christ Super Star”…I would regularly listen do the “rock opera” and place myself into the various scenes…this scene we read today has a particular theme…EMPATHY…how would you respond if you were one of the disciples who could not stay awake as Jesus requested…ouch…