Beginning the Lenten Journey 

Last Wednesday my wife was without her car so I had to go pick her up at work on Linger Longer Road. Normally it takes me about 15 minutes to get there but on this particular Wednesday it took nearly an hour because of a bad motor vehicle accident that held up traffic. Normally I would consider this a nuisance and I would spend about half the time talking to my wife on my cell phone – no problem. For the first time in I don’t know how long – I forgot my cell phone! Through a bit of ingenuity I managed to get a message to her that I was okay and I would get there when I got there.

I learned an interesting lesson that day. In a stressful time – without my cell phone – I felt loneliness like I hadn’t felt in a long time. I would have never guessed that this would have been my emotion – just having left my cell phone at home, but I felt cut off from the world – and especially from the person I love most in the world. Sunday we read the story of Jesus’ temptation according to St. Mark. By far it is the most brief account of the temptation, leaving Jesus at the mercy of the “wild animals.” One can only imagine his loneliness, being cut off from the Father and from everything else that was familiar. This is important stuff for all of us, for it is in the wilderness that we find ourselves – and God!