The Lenten Wilderness
- The Rev. Bob Dannals
- Feb 16, 2017
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Lent is the season in which we are urged to prepare ourselves for Easter by entering into the wilderness with Christ for 40 days. That journey begins in the ashes of this past Wednesday and leads us to the new fire of Easter Eve and Day.
The wilderness is often not our favorite place to go. It's metaphorical, of course, of the interior landscape of our life. It is where we feel disconnected and in need of communion, deeper relatedness with God and others.
Becoming aware of the inner wilderness is what Lent invites us to do. The reason we fall into temptation and addictions and destructive patterns in life is that we try to fill our inner isolation with things such as money or work or drink or any of the pantheon of false satisfiers which promise to make us better. None of them finally work.
The only reality which can satisfy our need for communion is the living God whose spirit meets Jesus and us in the midst of the wilderness where we are assaulted by temptations. May we go into our wilderness this Lent and find God's merciful presence there for us.
Join us at Holy Innocents' for the journey. The Faith Forum on Sundays at 10am, will address the central question from the Gospels: "Who Do You Say that I Am?" And on the Sunday evenings of Lent, beginning March 5 at 5pm, the clergy will look at "The Five Marks of Love," using the Baptismal Covenant's five questions for our reflection.