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REFLECTION

Forty days from now we will find ourselves at the foot of the cross.  How can we prepare ourselves for this?  Jesus’ words at the beginning of his ministry are apt: “Repent, and believe in the gospel.” Let us ask ourselves how we have sinned.  Let us feel remorse for those times we have fallen short.  Let us resolve to turn back to God and live out the gospel in our day-to-day lives.  Let us find ourselves able to approach the cross forty days from today with profound gratitude for what our Lord has done for us.
 

Children of the Desert 

Some years ago, on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with a group of others to follow in the footsteps of Christ. We visited Bethlehem, Nazareth, and Jerusalem; climbed the Mount of the Beatitudes and swam in the Sea of Galilee and even in the Dead Sea (not a pleasant experience!). We walked from Jerusalem to Jericho, looked into Jacob’s Well, stood on the place in Cana where Jesus changed the water into wine and even knelt at the place where he was crucified. Everywhere we went, we took our gospel with us and read the appropriate passage. It was a moving experience all the way. But the strongest impression I have retained is that of the desert where Christ spent forty days before starting his public life. During our pilgrimage, we spent a day and a night in the desert. It is not surprising that the three great world religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, were all born in the desert. It was through the desert that Moses led the Israelites from slavery in Egypt to the Promised Land. It was from that desert that John the Baptist came to herald the Messiah and soon after Jesus followed to proclaim himself Messiah. After my visit there, I came to realize the significance of the desert. The desert is a purgatory man must pass through to reach paradise. What is impressive about the desert is its sheer aridness.   MORE 

 

Gospel: Mark 1:12-15

“The start of Jesus’ public ministry

And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the desert. He was in the desert forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

 

 
 
 
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