36 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.’ 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, ‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.’
What an astonishing thought. In his distress, Jesus turned to others just like us for comfort and encouragement. Often our culture encourages us to try and be all-powerful and self-sufficient, but Jesus, God’s Son, didn’t try to go it alone, but looked for support and help from those around him. In our insular world, this is a challenging picture of community. Do we have the courage to reach out to each other for support, even if there is always the risk that others, such as the disciples here, might let us down?
Lord, help us to build our relationships, to seek support and give support to each other – to love one another, just as you commanded.