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leave the final decision and direction to the bishop. Moreover, when we minister in public, it is necessary that the bishop’s decisions become our own.


SCRIPTURE FOR CHAPTER TWO Mark 14: 32-42 Jesus does the will of the Father Footnotes:


14, 32-34: The disciples who had witnessed the raising to life of the daughter of Jairus (5, 37) and the transfiguration of their Master (9, 2) were now invited to Witness his degradations and agony and to watch and pray with him.


14, 36: Abba, Father: an Aramaic term, here also translated by Mark, Jesus’ special way of addressing God with filial intimacy. The word “abba” seems not to have been used in earlier or contemporaneous Jewish sources to address God without some qualifier. Not what I will but what you will: note the complete obedient surrender of the human will of Jesus to the divine will of the Father. Jn 4, 324; 8, 29; Rom 5, 19; Phil 2, 8; Heb 5, 8.


14, 38: The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak: the spirit is drawn to what is good yet found in conflict with the flesh, inclined to sin; cf Ps 51, 7-12. Everyone is faced with this struggle, the full force of which Jesus accepted on our behalf and through his bitter passion and death, achieved the victory.


Mark 14, 32-42


32 Then they came to a place named Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took with him Peter, James and John, and began to be troubled and distressed. 34Then he said to them, “My soul is sorrowful even to death. Remain here and keep watch.” 35 He advanced a little and fell to the ground and prayed that if it were possible the hour might pass by him; 36 he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible to you. Take this cup away from me, but not what I will but what you will.” 37 When he returned he found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour? 38 Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” 39 Withdrawing again, he prayed, saying the same thing. 40Then he returned once more and found them asleep, for they could not keep their eyes open and did not know what to answer him. 41He returned a third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough. The hour has come. Behold, the Son of Man is to be handed over to sinners. 42 Get up, let us go. See, my betrayer is at hand.”


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