We begin this prayer with Jesus and his request: stay with me and pray, do not fall sleep … do not let yourself be overcome by tiredness and fear.
Do not leave me alone in this moment of profound loneliness.
Tonight we join so many people alone in their homes, in hospitals, afraid of dying in the most tremendous loneliness, without family or friends to be able to touch them …
We want to stay awake, so that we may not be overcome by the mediocrity of seeking our own comfort and the comfort of our own only.
We recite the psalm slowly, stopping if a word touches us in a special way. It is the prayer of Jesus. We join him in his trust and abandonment.
I love you, Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
and I have been saved from my enemies.
The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction
overwhelmed me, the snares of death confronted me.
In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.