Led by the Spirit

1st Sunday of Lent March 6, 2022

Deut 26:4-10; Ps 91; Rom 10:8-13; Lk 4:1-13

“After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened and the holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven. ‘You are my beloved Son’ with you I am well pleased.’” (Lk)

“Filled with the holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert…” (Lk)

“Led by the Spirit…”

Lent began a few days ago on Ash Wednesday
The 6:30 am mass in Gruver was almost full
The evening English mass here was very full
The evening Spanish mass here was overflowing

I saw pictures on the internet of churches that had people standing outside 
I am in awe of the leading of the Spirit on Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent

I remember my first Ash Wednesday service
It was years before I became Catholic

Teague came to me one day and said she would like to go to Ash Wednesday
I was like, “Ok, let’s go.”
I remember taking in the service
The readings
The music
And I remember watching people go forward and receive ashes

In a way it was shocking
Seeing people walk back to their seat marked with the Cross of Christ on their forehead
It gave me a lot to think about…

I remember Teague wanting to go again the next year
This time, I wanted to go forward and receive ashes, the mark
I thought it was cool that anyone could receive ashes
You didn’t have to be Catholic

I remember walking forward and being a little nervous
I remember the priest marking my forehead
And saying “Remember, you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
And I said, “Amen.”
It gave me a lot to think about…

Ash Wednesday…
The churches are full
The young, the old, the poor, the rich, the farmer, the businessman
The famous and the ordinary
Come forward to receive the ashes
Come forward and face mortality

“God has planted in every human heart the hunger and longing for the infinite, for nothing less than God. St. Augustine… said it best, ‘Our heart is restless until it rests in you.” (U.S. Catechism for Adults, 3)

God is constantly drawing us to Himself
And it seems Ash Wednesday is one of those days
When many of us follow the leading of the Spirit 
And seek God
Try and come closer to Him

We all long for happiness
And that happiness can only be found in God

Lent is a beautiful time God has given us
Time to see His beauty in creation
Time to see His beauty in other people
Time to see His beauty in prayer, fasting and almsgiving
We see Him in the power of Scripture

Man has a need for communion with God
He has given us the gift of faith
But will our faith grow? 

“Filled with the holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert…” (Lk)

Jesus was confronted by the tempter, by Satan, the devil
And we too will be tempted
Jesus went to the desert
We too are in the desert

“By the solemn forty days of Lent the Church unites herself each year to the mystery of Jesus in the desert” (CCC 540)

“Remember, you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

We have a lot to think about…

About dwinger

Former farmer, now college instructor
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