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Lent One - Into the Wilderness

The season of Lent can be quite confronting as we are challenged that our usual way of being needs to be stripped bare and begun again at a deeper and deeper level. (First Sunday of Lent. Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7; Psalm 32; Romans 5:12-21; Matthew 4:1-11)We are invited to bear witness to the passion of Jesus for us and so we will follow the story of his turning toward Jerusalem and all that waited for him there. We are also being invited to make the journey ourselves through death to life. It is not always a comfortable journey. Ritual and readings disquiet us. They can also refine and remake us.

Lent in the church begins with the ancient ritual of the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday which reminds us that our hopes and good intentions of last year’s Palm Sunday are now ash. If we reflect that the ash with which we are marked on Wednesday