Today we celebrate the first Sunday in Lent. Christian communities all around the world are recalling the story of Jesus’ journey in the desert. Fasting, hardship, solitude and temptation were marks of Jesus sojourn, which was a journey from Jesus in the private to Jesus in the public. For Jesus it was marked by his baptism and then reflection, as he prepared his ministry – a ministry of serving and giving to those in need.
Many times we enter Lent considering what we will do individually. What will I give up? What will I learn? How will I worship? How will I observe Lent? These questions are very helpful, yet they do not always partner with the questions of how we live out our faith in community. As Christians, our inner lives must be partnered with our outward actions within our relationships, within the community of faith, and within the entire world. We must hold to God’s commands to love and service, in order to live out our baptismal promises.