Sunday, March 1, 2009

Mark 1:12-15

"The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days,tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts,and the angels ministered to him.
After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God:"This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand.Repent, and believe in the gospel.""

This first Sunday of Lent is our call to go into the desert, as Jesus did. I was struck how it says "the Spirit" is who drove Jesus into the desert and so we too must allow the Spirit to do the same to us. What desert are you being called into this Lent? Will you allow the Spirit to drive you or do you have it all figured out yourself?

I had little figured out when Ash Wednesday came. But today, it is clear what I must do for Lent. I pray that we all allow the Spirit to lead us into the desert and remember, we will be ministered to while there.

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