TAKE THIS CUP? - Elizabeth Ayoub


Fully human. Fully God. There will be no other. Jesus, the One and Only. All human. All God.

He celebrated Passover with His disciples and changed the narrative. All human: celebrating with loved ones, partaking of a tradition that moved Him to deep emotions. All God: He knew what was on the horizon come daybreak.

He went into the Garden: “Father, if Thou are willing, remove this cup from Me,” he prayed. All human. Scared. Worried. Frightened. “. . . yet not My will, but Thine be done,” He continued. All God: He saw the big picture.

Yesterday was Passover. Not many of us – perhaps none – celebrated Passover, but I suspect there were many who prayed, “remove this cup (of the COVID 19 pandemic) from us.” Fully human. Microscopic view. Scared. Worried. Frightened.

What would it take for us to pray instead: “Yet not our will, but Thine be done?”

His closest friends, those whom He had thought were his allies because of the magnificent reception they hailed Him with in Jerusalem, and the community at large all turned against Him urging for His tortuous and agonizing death. “ . . .remove this cup. . . ,” He prayed. Fully human.

Almost 2,000 years ago He took it all upon Himself: the 2020 worries, our 2020 microscopic views of situations, our 2020 fears. He saw the big picture; He saw the need and He willingly endured the pain and affliction: “. . . Thine [will] be done . . .” Fully human.

Today, on this Maundy Thursday, as we continue the Passover celebration, when we pray, “remove this cup,” looking through our narrow, self-focused human lenses, we recall one of the last words Jesus said to God His Father: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

Please, God, forgive us for not trusting You with the Big Picture. We are fully human and we know not what we are doing.

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