First Sunday in Lent

“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. 3The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” 5Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’” 7Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 8Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor; 9and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! for it is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’” 11Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.”   – Matthew 4:1-11

Jesus you fasted alone for 40 days
you pushed yourself to the limits
you faced your demons and met your angels
We ask you to be in our fasting
Jesus you feasted with outcasts
you broke down the barriers that divided people
by sharing food and drink
We ask you to be in our feasting
Jesus you had a passion for a life of extremes
you taught us that to live we have to be people prepared to die
to eat we have to be prepared to fast
to love others we have to learn to be alone
We ask you into our living
Jesus may we live your life with you and share in your death.
May we have the courage to walk with you [these 40 days] to stare death in the face and to love life. Amen
*Prayer by Doug Gay and Rachel Morley

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