Before Jesus started his ministry of proclaiming the Kingdom of God through his teaching and deeds, he spent 40 days in the desert praying and fasting. Hunter, D’Armond, SJ, reminds us that we, too, need time to pray and reflect in order to go out and live as Jesus did. Based on the readings for Sunday, February 21, 2021.
What is Jesus’ secret?
Hi, I’m Hunter D’Armond and this is my One-Minute Reflection.
How did Jesus turn water to wine, feed the thousands, heal the sick and so much more? Well… prior to all of that, he went into the desert for 40 days of prayer and fasting. In this desolate place, Jesus faced temptation and received the ministry of angels. Only after this did Jesus embark on his public ministry.
We too have been given our own particular mission to serve God, and like Jesus, we must first be silent in prayer and fasting, facing our temptations, and receiving God’s message of love from the good spirits. So this Lent, let us embrace our inner desert by carving out time and space for silence and solitude. Maybe it is 10 minutes of silence after waking up or a daily walk in the park. And in this embrace of silence and solitude, may we come to communicate with God and receive the grace we need for the people and communities in our lives.