Friday, February 24, 2012

First Sunday of Lent

Mark 1:12-15

In this Sunday’s Gospel, the Spirit drives Jesus into the desert and he remains there for forty days. He was tempted by the devil, was among wild beasts, and ministered to by the angels. After his time in the desert, Jesus began proclaiming the Gospel.

In this day, so many of us young adults often forget the importance of solitude and ‘quiet time’. Reflecting on this gospel, one wonders why did Jesus seek solitude for such a long time? To prepare for his ministry? To be tested by God as was Abraham and the Israelites? How many of us in our lives find time for solitude, just ‘being’ in the presence? Today’s society could be described as a ‘drive-thru’ and fast-paced one. Is it healthy for our personal lives as well as in ministry work?

Now that the season of Lent is upon us, let us all be driven by the Spirit, seek some time in solitude, and prepare ourselves for the holy journey to the Resurrection. Indeed, we will be tempted by the world (technology, money, fashion, sex, etc), be questioned of our faith by others, and probably experience our own spiritual aridity. Just know that as Jesus had angels minister to him while in the desert, we too are blessed with family and friends to help us along the path of faith. Be prepared, friends, the Kingdom of God is at hand.

Melinda Evangelista
Administrative Secretary
Division of Young Adult Ministry
Office of Religious Education

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