In Solidarity with Jesus and His Mission

Stations of the Cross @ Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala

  • Forgive Me for Revealing Her Age….but KJV is 400 Years Old

    An excerpt from a NY Times article: Sometime in 1611, a new English Bible was published. It was the work of an almost impossibly learned team of men laboring since 1604 under royal mandate. Their purpose, they wrote, was not to make a new translation of the Bible but “to make a good one better, […] Read more

  • Invitations from God

    What are the deepest invitations God is making to me right now for my life? This question is what making resolutions is really about. In my journey it is becoming increasingly clear that I have missed so many invitations God sent me through his Word and Church and Community.  So the entry into a new […] Read more

  • Christmas 2010

    Tonight – The Holy Night – people will gather to usher in the newest installment in God’s salvation.  In my neck of the woods, this installment will be wrapped in the usual trappings of the season – tree, lights, presents, worship, and FOOD!  Yet there is a shroud over all these things that are supposed […] Read more

  • Time for an Xchange – the same old won’t do anymore!

    Welcome to A New Blog on an old theme – Reconciliation! Biblical in scope and command, but so forgotten in the realm of reality – family, work, politics. Reconciliation is simply a path to exchanging one state of being for another, more fruitful state of being – particularly in relationship with our environment and one […] Read more

God’s Provisions for Our Time in the Wilderness

Reflection on Mark 1:9-15

In this Gospel passage, Mark tells the story of Jesus’ Baptism and immediate departure into the desert wilderness where Jesus will reside and be tempted by Satan.

Jesus was led into the wilderness by the very Spirit of God, to a place where death was a very real possibility. He is in this dangerous environment for forty days.

He was not alone, however. Among no one but the temptations of satan and the animals.  Despite the trials of hunger, pain, and near death pangs – Jesus pulls deep into the promises and Words of God to survive and win this devilish test.

Finally, comes tangible provisions from God.  We are told that the angels came and tended to his needs.

Martin Luther in his reflection on Isaiah 40 writes:

 “In times of trial we should learn to judge, not by our feeling but by the Word of God. This Word promises us that every trial is only the eventide upon which the morning of comfort follows.”  

Holding fast to promises from God serves as our only defense in the face of temptation.  When we are tested, even beyond our own means to discern right from wrong, God miraculously provides.

Probably, the best provisions of God’s Word that have impacted my life and faith are more from the New Testament than the Old.  My Jewish friends are steeped in the Word of the Old Testament.  This is why its so important to engage the world together and why the beliefs of the Judeo-Christian heritage are intertwined and respected in the foundation of our democracy in the United States.

Testing of nations is one thing, but here today the testing of satan is clearly directed to us.  It gets personal.  When things get personal, we tend to let emotions drive our course of action.  Martin Luther asks us to develop defenses to overcome feelings and root them in God’s Word.

So that brought me to think of what I have in my armory as I battle temptations.  Here are a few:

Lo, I will be with you.                                                           Matthew 28:20

I am sending you an advocate – the Holy Spirit of Truth.            John 15:26

The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love. Psalm 145:8

Knowing I am not alone – anytime or anywhere.                                      Companionship.

When I can’t speak up, the Spirit will speak out and stand alongside me. Courage.

Trust is the most important attribute in a relationship.                           Commitment.

Today, some of us or maybe all of us are wandering and residing in what we would describe as a wilderness.

What is in your Word of God armory? 

For me, I am a survivor because God is a faithful companion, prodding me to speak truth into everyday temptations, and He is a committed, trustworthy friend who loves me unconditionally. 

AMEN.


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