After his last supper, Jesus and his disciples retired to a garden to spend the night. Knowing that it would be their last time together before his death, Jesus made a final request of his devoted students, "Stay awake with me."

They tried their best, but sometime during the night, they fell asleep. While they slept, a group of Roman soldiers entered the garden and captured Jesus.

"Stay awake with me," is one of Jesus' final teachings to his disciples and to us.  He is asking us to always stay watchful. And he is teaching us to always be aware.

If we can become more aware of ourselves and those around us, then we will be able to create deeper friendships, more harmonious families, and more peaceful communities. If we can become politically, socially, and environmentally aware, we can participate consciously and purpousfully in creating the future of our shared world.