A certain young man was following him, wearing nothing but a linen cloth. They caught hold of him, but he left the linen cloth and ran off naked. (Mark 14.51-52)
We don’t know who this young man was. Some people think it was Mark itself – no other Evangelist mentions this trivial detail. But that is what life is made up of to such a huge extent, trivial, inconsequential details. But this young boy must have been petrified as his clothes were ripped from him and he fled for his life. He had not seen anything like this.
My heart grieves for children caught up in the things that they should never see, never be involved in. The image of the little girl fleeing the napalm attach in Vietnam is seared into my memory as the horrors were seared into her skin. The boy in the garden escaped with his life and only his dignity had been hurt – but these children lose everything including, and most precious of all, their innocence.
God, Mother, Father,
hear the cry of your children
who lose their innocence
through war, abuse, neglect;
hold them and love them.