You sent your only Son, Jesus Christ the Messiah, to fulfill all your promises: Give me new life in him.
Heavenly Father, Your Son asked us to take up our individual crosses as we journey to salvation and to be willing to join our earthly sufferings to His. In accepting this call, we also drink from His cup of suffering in the hopes that we might one day also partake of His cup of glory. In the meantime, we gratefully accept the Cup of Blessing that is the Eucharist the cup of His Precious Blood that sustains us on our earthly journey. Like the disciples who Jesus told to “stay awake” in the garden of Gethsemane we know that we must also “stay awake,” being vigilant to guard our souls from the stain of sin and to be dedicated to prayer in our spiritual journey because we have Your promise that the prayers of those who “watch and pray” will be heard. Send Your Spirit to guide us, Lord, in our study of Jesus’ submission to Your will and Your plan for man’s salvation through His Passion. We pray in the name of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen. (Agape Catholic Bible Study Lesson 15)
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