A new season is upon us, Lent (not lint). A season of 40 days (we don’t count Sundays) to prepare for spring, for new life to come into the world and celebrate resurrection!
We always start this season off with Jesus being tempted in the wilderness right after his baptism in the Jordan River (one of my most powerful experiences on our recent trip). This year it’s Mark’s gospel (year B) with very little detail as to the specific temptations Jesus endured. However, one of the few details Mark gives us in this account is that Jesus was among the wild animals. I walked in that wilderness recently and it is nowhere I want to be alone.
I connect that passage to my chosen text – the Noah covenant by noting the beginnings of a reversal: the animals are afraid of us after the flood as we are wary of them. But Jesus walks in the wilderness with the wild animals and angels serve him. He begins a reversal of the Noah covenant. He lives again with the wild animals like Noah did before and during the flood. The message Jesus then delivers to us? “God’s good news, here comes God’s kingdom!” Mark 1:15 (CEB).
The big question for Lent is not what you are “giving up,” but how might God’s kingdom become more actualized in your everyday life because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ?