COLLECT OF THE WEEK
O God, whose glory it is to always have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. - Book of Common Prayer, p. 218
“And He was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And He was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.” (Mark 1:13)
Do we need to go into the wilderness anymore? Or is the concrete jungle of modern society our wilderness? Our lives certainly can get pretty hectic and feel pretty wild. We are tempted everyday to sin. Why do we pick the Lenten Season to think about all those temptations? Why do we only take precautions and fast during this time? Do the angels minister to us every day? Yes, you can commune with them in prayer. The Holy Spirit is always around, waiting for us to embrace Him. We can sacrifice our time every day for the Lord, through daily devotionals and prayer. We can attend church each week, even though we want to sleep in and stay in our pajamas on Sunday morning and eat bacon! Is it a sacrifice, though? Jesus is pretty cool, I don’t know if it’s sacrifice when you enjoy spending time worshipping Him. What do you think? How can what you do special in this season inform and enrich what you do all year round?