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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 28, 2015

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FRIDAY, August 28

Mark 14:32-34 They went to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” He took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be distressed and agitated. And he said to them, “I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and keep awake.”

Peter, James, and John had witnessed Jesus’ transfiguration and saw him flanked by Moses and Elijah. In Gethsemane, they witness a different transfiguration. Now, instead of seeing Jesus illumined by the dazzling glory of God, they see him twisted into a grimace of deep grief and agony.

They are wide awake when they see the glory of God transform Jesus on the mountain. But now, sleep overtakes them, and they miss the transcendental pain of Jesus weeping in the garden. We are so much like Peter, James, and John...seeing Christ in glory is something we want to build tabernacles to honor. Seeing Christ in suffering and agony is something that makes us want to close our eyes, to ignore a powerful and potent transfiguration because it makes us so uncomfortable.

May we have the grace to stay awake and truly see those who are suffering, as we seek and serve Christ in all people, loving our neighbors as ourselves.

PRAY for the Diocese of Saskatchewan, and the Saskatchewan Indigenous Ministry (Rupert’s Land, Canada)

Today the Church remembers Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, and Theologian, 430.

Ps 16, 17 * 22; 1 Kings 5:1—6:1, 7; Acts 28:1-16; Mark 14:27-42

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