“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.” When He returned to His disciples He found them asleep. He said to Peter, “So you could not keep watch with Me for one hour? Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:38-41
These are wondrous days. Years from now we will talk about the “Great Pause” of 2020.
Just a few months ago, life was normal. Everyone went busily about their day. Work, school, extra-curricular activities, and other mundane tasks filled our minutes, hours and thoughts. Days sped by at the speed of light. There was very little time for prayer, stillness, watchfulness, and God. Most of humanity were caught up in this endless cycle of wake, work, and repeat. Then along came a virus.
Society had long ago decided that God was not welcomed in its schools, courthouses, places of business, and stadiums. These entities are now empty, dark and desolate.
The Church Jesus began 2000 years ago has seen division and bickering among the chosen leaders. Sacraments have been abandoned, just as Jesus Himself was abandoned in the garden. Many Christians have decided to forego the cup and instead pick and choose the teachings of Christ that suit their lifestyle. Sunday mass was looked upon as a chore with many finding any and every excuse to stay away.
Today, the priests stands alone in celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Parishioners cannot partake of the precious sacraments. We have been asleep while Jesus waited for us.
The test is here. This is a loving warning from our Father in heaven. What lessons are we being taught in this Great Pause of 2020? Hopefully, we have realized that only God is in charge. He must be the center of our lives and families. He thirsts for us. We must thirsts for His love.
We must welcome God back into our homes, schools, courthouses, businesses and every day lives. When the church doors open, we must look forward to worshiping Him joyfully. We must follow the example of Jesus Christ and do the Will of our Father. We must pray and we must listen – listen to each other and to our Lord.
Ask your Father to give you grace and strength to do His Will. Trust in Jesus. Keep watch, spend time with Him.
Is your spirit willing?