February 18, 2018 Mark 1:9-15
“He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.” vs. 13
Our forty days of Lent are meant to replicate Jesus’ post-baptism experience in the wilderness, and there actually are a few similarities. For one thing, we can pretty much count on being tempted by Satan. Oh it isn’t that the Evil One is trying to get us to sin—we do that pretty well on our own without temptation. Rather, the test has to do with our baptisms and the call to ministry that goes with them. Jesus had to figure out his mission, and the Adversary peppered him with various alternatives, each of which would have led him away from God’s will. We face the same diverting tactics. There are so many ways for us to live…and we quickly discover that we can get along just fine on any number of routes. We can seek wealth and knowledge and totally ignore the path of service—tons of folks do that. There are no bolts of lightning to scare us back into obedience. Lent provides an opportunity for prayer and meditation about our direction in life. There’s more to being a follower of Jesus than periodic worship and occasional good deeds. We are called to be the Light of the world! And the good news is that we’re not alone. Jesus had angels to wait on him, and so do we. Day by day they care for us and give us strength for mission.
Thought for the Day: Who are my angels?