Meditation – 18th February 2018

The Deep End – Operation Transformation
The first Sunday of Lent – I love Lent, it’s a great
season where we can get in ‘transformation’ mode.
Regardless of whether or not someone is still
‘practicing’ their faith, people still seem to get on
board with Lent. We usually give something up,
but remember it’s not simply about weight loss or
getting fit. By doing these things we are trying to
make room for something deeper. It’s a spring
cleaning sort of time. What needs clearing out in
my life so that I can make more room for God? Or
often do we need to make more room for what
God has planned for us? We can get stuck,
especially when we are comfortable and don’t
really want too much to change. But without
change we can’t grow and things fast become stale
in our lives. God is always urging us on because
God knows just what possibilities there are for
each of us. So Lent might be a time where in
giving up something or taking on something, we
make space for something new. The gospel today
is short and sweet – Jesus is sent into the desert
and we too are invited into a desert time. Deserts
are interesting places which can allow us to reflect,
give ourselves space and we should not be afraid
because as the gospel tells us clearly today, it is a
Spirit led desert. God is with us in this desert. So
enjoy Lent, embrace it. How we make use of this
time determines what will be.