‘There is no better time for growth than springtime. Lent is the springtime of the spirit’
Lent begins on Wednesday when we celebrate Ash Wednesday. Lent is an old English word meaning springtime. It is a time for us to spiritually, and to an extent physically, share in the desert experiences of Jesus. To be face to face with our own desert experiences; our smallness, vulnerability, fears and chaos of our lives; that is what Lent is about.
If we want to change some part of our lives we must first change the inner attitude of our minds.
There are many examples of such a change:
Paul on the road to Damascus, Mister Scrooge in ‘Christmas Carol’.
Something happened inside each of them and they became new people.
Lord, each spring you renew the face of the earth.
We pray that you may also renew each one of us, so that we may celebrate Easter with a new mind and heart.
Mark 1: 12-15
At once the Spirit drove Hgim 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.
During this first week of Lent we think of Jesus fasting and praying in the desert, before beginning his mission to take the Good News to all people.
We pray for the self-discipline that will enable us to follow his example and be victorious over all that prevents us being people we are called to be.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen