I’ve sat through many Palm Sunday masses, most of the time not getting much of out it, but every once in a while finding a spark of inspiration. I was reading along with the second Gospel until I read/heard: “sleeping from grief.” [Full verse: “When he rose from prayer and returned to his disciples, he found them sleeping from grief.” Luke 22:45 NAB] I was both shocked and confused by this. I am currently grieving by association. There are a few people in my life who are in the process of moving through the five stages of grief.
And throughout the first 4 stages, sleep is not one of the action verbs that is typically associated with “grief.” Sure, someone might be able to cry herself to sleep, but it’s usually difficult to fall asleep, and stay asleep. So it makes me wonder: how did Jesus’ disciples – every single one of them – fall asleep from grief?? Continue reading “3 Days in the Making”