Each Tuesday and Wednesday during Lent, we will share -section by section- the Easter story as recorded in the book of Luke. As you read, we suggest that you follow an abbreviated form of Lectio Divina.
Lectio Divina means “sacred reading” and is an approach to the Scriptures that sets us up to listen for the word of God spoken to us in this present moment. (For a more detailed approach, follow this link.)
As you read, listen for a word or phrase that stands out to you.
Reflect on what God might be saying to you through that word or phrase.
Respond to God. How is my life or my day affected by this word or phrase?
After you have read, rest in God’s presence.
39 Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. 40 On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” 41 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” 43 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
45 When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. 46 “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”