Readings for 1st Sunday in Lent
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7, Romans 5:12-19; and Matthew 4: 1-11
Thursday 2 March
We are told that Jesus was ‘famished’ after his time alone in the wilderness. Have you ever been ‘famished’ and I don’t mean hungry for a meal.
The account of Jesus in the wilderness is fundamentally about Jesus’ lack of relationship, with other people and with God.
Jesus is then tempted to self sufficiency and testing of his Father’s love and care. Lent for me is being hungry enough to seek God, to seek forgiveness and through small steps of seeking realise the Father’s love and care.
Prayer: O most approachable Father, through my thoughts, my prayers and study of Jesus and his guidance may I grow ever closer to your love and care in this world. Amen
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I’ve come to think that when considering ordination as a priest, you have to be able to wrap your head around the fact that you will be and feel many things all at once – sometimes seemingly in direct contradiction. Just as other experiences in life seem to hold contradictions in balance within the same situation, or just as we are asked to consider God as three persons in one (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), so you come to understand that ordination is something that you approach with a lightness of being, but with all seriousness too – often at the same time.
Nevertheless, if we open ourselves to guidance from God – through prayer, through reading widely, through development of a calm mind and a keen ear to listen – we occasionally stumble across pointers that help us to clarify that contradictory situation and bring an idea – a train of thought – into stark relief.
Frederick Buechner is an American writer and theologian. Whilst reading some of his work recently, his writing had just such an effect on me. Maybe it will with you, too. See what you think:
“You never know what may cause them. The sight of the Atlantic Ocean may do it, or a piece of music, or a face you’ve never seen before. A pair of somebody’s old shoes could do it… You can never be sure. But of this you can be sure. Whenever you find tears in your eyes, especially unexpected tears, it is well to pay the closest attention. They are not only telling you something about the secret of who you are, but more often than not God is speaking to you through them of the mystery of where you have come from and is summoning you to where, if your soul is to be saved, you should go next.” Frederick Buechner, Beyond Words, P.321, 2004.
“The place God calls you to is where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”
Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking, P.95, 1973.