1st Sunday of Lent - Remembering

A Reading …

9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”12 And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him 14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

Mark 1:9-15

New Revised Standard Version

A Thought …

In our reading there are three things happening, firstly the baptism of Jesus, secondly the temptation of Jesus and thirdly the beginning of his Galilean ministry. It is good for us to be reminded of the story of Jesus and those life changing moments, it models for us a way to live our own lives. 

This week you may have been eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, paused on Ash Wednesday, or been thinking of what you might ‘give up’ for Lent.  Many feel that we have had a whole year of ‘giving up things’ through the restrictions of the pandemic. See Nadia’s prayer below … But all of these are ways in which we enter into the experience of Lent by ‘remembering’ Jesus journey towards the cross.

Why not take time to read the Scripture verses through again.  Which event stood out for you, or maybe it was a word or a sentence?  Sit quietly for a moment and reflect on it a bit longer… pause and allow God to reveal himself to you afresh through his word. What does God want you to ‘remember’ from the reading today.

Sunday by Sunday we will continue on our journey to read, think and pray together until we arrive at our glorious destination … Easter Day!   

A Prayer …

Dear God,

A year ago, I didn't know what we were all about to lose.

All those Sundays last February that I chose to skip church, I did not know that I would go so long without the Eucharist.

I did not know that hug I gave my parents, that meal out with friends, that concert ticket I passed on, would be the last one for a year or more.

Forgive me for complaining about my travel schedule in 2019. I was busy taking my entire life for granted.

Lord, why didn't I appreciate then what I long to have back now?

I like to think that when the things I long for return to me, that I will appreciate them more this time. But you and I both know that’s not likely. So today I am asking you to help me practice. Help me practice appreciating today what I may long to have back once the pandemic ends:

Slowness. So much time for … (space to say your own thoughts) …

Help me savour now what I will miss when it’s gone. Help me practice being the person today I regret not being in the past.   Amen.

Nadia Bolz-Weber … Lutheran Minister

Blessings to all,

Deacon Maria

Please use this links to view Maria's other Lent thoughts:

2nd Sunday of Lent

3rd Sunday of Lent

4th Sunday of Lent

5th Sunday of Lent

Palm Sunday