We move from the words of Ash Wednesday “Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return” to the words of the Gospel of this Sunday, “The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
Here we find Jesus spending forty days in the desert to be tempted. Yet his time of intense focus was on his relationship with God. We can follow Jesus’ lead by stripping away distractions in our busy lives and making ourselves more available to the Father in prayer.
Make a plan for this spiritual work of quiet reflection. A time of “desert silence” in prayer to face the truth
about our relationship with God.
Be open to the movements of God’s grace in order to overcome our own temptations.
What am I avoiding that I should accept during this time of my Lenten desert?
Trust that Jesus is still proclaiming the kingdom of God and is doing something new in us, this day, this holy season of lent.
The Diocesan Catholic Charities Appeal for 2021 has begun. We are reminded that “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Let us continue to be a source of HOPE for the many in need.