Jesus knew the clock was ticking, drawing him ever closer to arrest, trial, torture and execution. So he gathered his disciples together one last time to celebrate the Passover. During the meal, he took bread and wine, and explained it was his body and his blood given for them and the entire world. Then he took his disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. He knew what he needed to do – what God wanted him to do. Yet he wished he could avoid it. So he prayed deeply and powerfully until he finally was able to say, “Nevertheless, not my will, but yours.” On this Thursday of Holy Week, you sometimes want to avoid what you know God wants you to do. Pray, and then pray some more, until you can join Jesus in saying, “Nevertheless, not my will, but yours.”