Lenten journey

This Sunday we begin our Lenten journey. Lent is a solemn religious observance in the liturgical calendar. Its literal translation means fortieth. It is the period of time before the Resurrection where Christians focus on simple living, prayer, and fasting in order to grow closer to God. It is often thought of as a period to coincide with the forty days Jesus went into the desert and fasted. It is during this time that Jesus faced his three temptations. I find it interesting to reflect on what Jesus was tempted with; money, power and greed. These are the things that, had Jesus succumbed, would have led him away from God. These are the same three things that we are tempted with today. How easy it is for us to fall prey to those temptations. Yet until recently our church rarely focused on these issues but rather focused mostly on sins of the flesh.

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