The Cup of the Hour

“Abba, Father, for you all things are possible. Take this cup of suffering away from me. However—not what I want but what you want.”

Mark 14:36

The suffering of Jesus begins. He has been telling this to the disciples; now it’s here. Jesus takes three of his closest friends to be with him during what we call, “The Agony in the Garden.” Look what happens to the three friends: they fall asleep!

Jesus says that his hour has come, as well as the cup of suffering. Centuries past, an hour glass would tell the length of an hour. Can you see something similar between the cup of suffering and the “glass” of the hour that is before Jesus?

Today, be aware of the actual hours of your day as so many glasses or cups that you fill with wakeful prayer. As each empties and fills like a cup, stay close to Jesus in his suffering. You know, Jesus continues to suffer in the hours of this day through innocent people losing their lives such as refugee children from countries persecuted by tyrants. Pray in an alert way for refugees as you help them in their suffering through your prayer.

Mark 14:32-72

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
The hours as sacred vessels v. 41
For more information about
this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the tenth of thirteen weeks in the season of Kingdomtide,
autumn in the north. Year B.
Fridays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.
We read the Gospel of Mark in Year B.

Calendar for 2018: “God’s Year of Grace”

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…

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