32 They went to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, ‘Sit here while I pray.’ 33He took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be distressed and agitated. 34And he said to them, ‘I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and keep awake.’ 35And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36He said, ‘Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.’ 37He came and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, ‘Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep awake one hour? 38Keep awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’ 39And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. 40And once more he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they did not know what to say to him. 41He came a third time and said to them, ‘Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Enough! The hour has come; the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.’
43 Immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; and with him there was a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders. 44Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, ‘The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.’ 45So when he came, he went up to him at once and said, ‘Rabbi!’ and kissed him. 46Then they laid hands on him and arrested him. 47But one of those who stood near drew his sword and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear. 48Then Jesus said to them, ‘Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as though I were a bandit? 49Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not arrest me. But let the scriptures be fulfilled.’ 50All of them deserted him and fled.
51 A certain young man was following him, wearing nothing but a linen cloth. They caught hold of him, 52but he left the linen cloth and ran off naked.
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In the Gospel of Mark, once Jesus and his disciples arrive in the garden, Jesus takes Peter, James, and John aside with him to pray. Three times Jesus prays that the cup of suffering will pass him by. But he commits himself to do the Father’s will. Each of those three times Jesus returns to find the three disciples asleep They are unable to stay awake and pray with him.
Then Judas appears with a party to arrest Jesus. Judas identifies Jesus by kissing him. After a brief skirmish, all of the disciples abandon Jesus and flee. In a passage unique to the Gospel of Mark, we read of the improbable incident of a young man fleeing from the scene of Jesus’ arrest wearing nothing but a linen cloth and eventually running off naked. The episode seems to correspond to a scene from the beginning of Mark’s Gospel.
In chapter one of Mark’s Gospel, Peter and Andrew, James and John dropped their nets and left everything in order to follow Jesus. Now at the end of the Gospel they drop everything because they cannot get away from Jesus quickly enough. Mark seems intent on showing that the disciples’ faith is superficial.