On Holy Thursday, in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus said to His disciple, Simon Peter",...are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour? Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak."
Today, I ask you: are you asleep? Can you not spend one hour a week watching and praying to Jesus to protect you from tests and trials? Do you find other things to do even though you feel you should spend some time in thanks, praise and prayers in God's House?
Or do you go to church and think of other things while you are there or check out who is attending? Are you fearful of others who are sitting close to you. Do you listen to the sermon and apply it to your life? If you have a church that has communion, do you receive it and quickly walk out the door once you have and not spent some time in the communion of soul with Christ that you just received?
Once you form a relationship with Jesus, you will feel differently about praying and praising Him. Forming a relationship with Him is easy; simply find a quiet place and talk to Him. In your own words and feelings. Ask Him to lead you, teach you and give you the gift of Himself. He will answer you - he answers in different ways. He may answer you in thought, or feelings, or signs and acts. You will feel it.
Once your spirit is willing, your flesh will no longer be weak. You will be stronger in any and all tests that may come your way. Peace will be yours. He will guide you and hold your hand. You will never be alone again.
We celebrate Easter through His death and resurrection to be the light and inspiration in our lives now and forever.
If you want to know Christ intimately, pray to the Holy Sprit for Wisdom and Understanding and read the Bible - start with the New Testament and Jesus' Words. You will receive a Gift that will save your life. Forever.
Marie Coppola. February 2021