My soul, my soul, arise! Why are you sleeping? The end is drawing near, and you will be confounded. Awake then, that Christ our God may spare you, Who is everywhere, and fills all things.” (Kontakion-hymn, Canon of St. Andrew of Crete)

Every year, as the end of Lent draws near, we sing this Kontakion in the middle of the Great Canon (on Thursday of the fifth week of Lent), which calls me to retrieve a sense of urgency about my meeting and walking with Christ. He is soon to walk His final journey, taking on my sins, my death, and my hell, in order to raise me up again in His glorious resurrection. But I tend to procrastinate and even “sleep,” as His disciples slept in Gethsemane, while the Lord prayed and was “deeply grieved, even unto death,” that the cup He was about to drink for us pass from Him. (Mt 26: 38-40)

Let me take a good look today at my spiritual procrastination, and “arise” to walk with Him again, however awkwardly and imperfectly. Let me take a quiet moment for heartfelt prayer, re-connecting with Him “Who is everywhere, and fills all things,” including me, whenever I scramble to my feet and follow His call: “See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.” (Mt 26: 45-46)

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