Daily Lenten Reflection

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” –John 6:35, NRSV

Lent has begun. What should we do? Jesus didn’t get a free pass on the desert. Luke says the Holy Spirit led him there. He didn’t resist the wilderness; he chose it. The liturgical calendar wisely gives us space to follow him on our own little 40–day trip to the spiritual hinterlands. For a short time we get to go without. Scarcity is a useful tool for smoking out the latest kingdom in our heads. Better, fasting from what we want is a means of grace that recalls us to the real kingdom: the Reign of God preached and embodied in Jesus Christ.

Let whoever is hungry come.–Anthony Chvala-Smith, The Kingdoms in Our Heads

Reflection: 

  • How are you invited to choose the wilderness this Lenten season?
  • What spiritual gifts are available when you intentionally “go without?” What invitation may be present in scarcity?
  • Prayerfully dwell in John 6:35. What is God’s invitation to you in this text? For what do you truly hunger?

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