In this image, Jesus is with His three closest disciples, Peter, James, and John, in the Garden of Gethsemane. He asks them to pray with Him. Then Jesus moves a stone’s throw away, kneels, and prays "so fervently that His sweat became like drops of blood falling on the ground" (Lk 22:39-46).
As we look upon this image, we rightfully tend to focus on Jesus. However, may I suggest that we consider the three disciples who are asleep? What do we see?
We see three lethargic disciples in a deep slumber. Some have said that this is a foretaste of the condition of the Church. Yes, this is the Church most of the time—asleep!
As our Lord and Saviour pours out Himself and gives of Himself for us, and even while He personally asks us to be vigilant and pray (Lk 22:46 and cf. Lk 21:3-6), we, His disciples, are fast asleep.
Well, "let us not sleep as the rest do, but let us stay alert and sober" (1 Thes 5:6).
Yes, it is now time for us, Christ’s disciples, to wake-up! "Be watchful! Be alert!" (Mk 13:33) and realize the power, the strength, and the dignity we have in our Lord and Master.
It is time for us to stop paying lip service to Him, rather to be engaged and live out what we profess—live out our baptismal promise—in His power!
It is time for us to stop conforming ourselves to this world in ignorance and start conforming ourselves to the mind of Christ—in His strength!
"Sleeper, Awake!" is the overarching theme of a five-book study:
This study project is designed to convey fundamental theological truths with simplicity and clarity, so that we may grow in our knowledge of God. Although each book concentrates on a particular topic or study, the overall synthesis promotes a call to wake up and keep alert, a call to realization, and a call for personal change!
My brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus: We were once darkness, but now in the Lord we are light.
Therefore, we must live and walk as children of light (Eph 5:8).
You are all children of light and children of the day; you are not of the night or of darkness.
So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober and alert ( 1 Thes 5:5-6).
Try to find out and learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness; rather expose them . . .
Everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that becomes visible is light.
For this reason, He said:
"Sleeper, Awake!" (Ephesians 5:10-14)
As a Christian, are we a witness to something or of something? Alternately, are we a witness to someone or of someone? The way we answer these questions will determine our worldview. Here, we will study these questions from a true Christian perspective.
In this study we will look at the following:
Once we know and understand the answers, we will ask and answer another: As a Christian, how do we now live our life accordingly?
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Understanding What is Holiness
and Our Personal Call to Holiness
and Why We Suffer
Understanding the True Meaning
of Christian Faith
May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory,
give you the Spirit of wisdom and insight to know Him clearly.
May He enlighten your innermost vision
that you may know the great hope to which He has called you.
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