Church of England Diocese of Manchester Newton Heath

This Sunday: The First Sunday of Lent

21 Feb 2021, 1 a.m.
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The echo’s origin.

Last week, in the Transfiguration, we had the echo of Jesus’ baptism and those words from Heaven today “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

Baptism prepares us for the desert of temptation which is the wilderness of this earthly life, concentrated for now in our preparation for Holy Week and Easter in Lent.

Details of the Devil’s temptation in Mark’s account are absent which can be a cue for us to name and reflect on those things we find problematic; the recurrent noises that get in the way of the silence through which God can speak to us.

Lent may well be a long haul for many, but perhaps through discipline we can filter our those noises which enable God to speak to us, the better to prepare the way.

The Lent Groups reflected on today’s Gospel reading last week which I hope to share in todays homily and sermon. 

 Fr A