Whether or not you usually celebrate it, Lent can be a chance to step back and to prepare for the celebration of Easter in roughly 40 days time, and it reminds us of Jesus’ 40 days in the desert before beginning his ministry.
We remember Jesus’ 40 days in the desert before beginning his ministry.
After 40 days of reflection and testing, Jesus emerged from the wilderness to begin his ministry that would change the world. Luke 4 tells us he returned home ‘in the power of the Spirit’ and the news about him spread through the whole region.
After his time of testing and prayer, he visited the Synagogue and read from the scroll. You probably know the story?
He stood up and read from Isaiah:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Through his ministry, his death, and his resurrection, Jesus changed the world. He revealed to us a God of love, who cares for the marginalised, who champions the weak and seeks justice for the oppressed.
This year, find time to prepare, as Jesus did, for our mission as the children of God. Make space to reflect on who our Father is and how much he loves you.
Join us in prayer and action to care for creation and renew our world, to guide us as we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.
Together we will draw near to Christ and find ways to put our faith into action.
Will you join in as we explore how we, and our church communities, can pray, live differently and take practical action to see our world renewed?
Can you take time to reflect, pray and act with us this Lent?