At once the Spirit drove him out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him. After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: "This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” - Mark 1:12-15
Lent can be a desert experience.
Sometimes we try to do too much. We add too much to our already busy schedules.
Or we try too hard. We try to be perfect at this Lent thing. We try to pray perfectly and fast perfectly and give alms perfectly.
Sometimes when we try to do too much, we fail. Then we feel empty. Dry. Desert time.
And then we are tempted to stop praying because we don’t feel anything.
We have to fight those temptations to stop praying. Something may be happening deep inside us but we do not know it.
We can only pray in spite of the dryness. In spite of the boredom. In spite of the emptiness.
We can only pray and hold onto Jesus.
Pray and hold on and maybe, when we come out of the desert, we will proclaim the gospel like Jesus did.
Dear Lord, I long to have a meaningful Lenten experience. I long to grow closer to you and to follow you in all that I do. Please help me to remain faithful to my prayer time with you and to go of a need to be perfect. Hold onto me, Jesus, as I try to hold onto you. Amen.