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Mark 14:36
And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

When I visited Gethsemane on a tour of Israel, the tiny olive patch I found sandwiched between a cathedral and a market-path was not quite the spiritual sanctuary I had envisioned. But it was still awe-inspiring to consider that Jesus, on the eve of His betrayal, knelt under these very trees to pray the most difficult prayer of all: “Not what I will, but what you will.” He saw the cross and the abandonment and the brutality of cruel men that lay before Him. He would be utterly alone, yet He would go anyway so that you and I would never have to be alone or abandoned or without help.

Travel back in your heart to Gethsemane, kneel down with Jesus in prayer, and submit to the will of your good and faithful Father.

Further Reflection

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

1 Corinthians 15:58