Lent 1 - Year C
Water baptized on the outside; Holy Spirit filled on the inside. Jesus says, "Bring it on."
A wilderness test: is there sufficient Spirit stored, camel-like, to lead beyond hunger, prestige, and security to see their temporary nature?
An ordinary test: Is there sufficient Spirit stored, guanaco-like, to lead beyond thirst, glory, and power to see their temporary nature?
As always with tests, there is another one coming. What might become appropriate disciplines and/or methodologies to prepare for future tests?
The hints here lie with three processes.
First, a trained perception to not be fooled by the surface, first level, or literalistic level of life. We don't live by bread alone or scripture alone or any other one answer response.
Second, an experienced appreciation for layers of worth. We often settle for one good (allowing participation in several other evils) rather than striving for additional virtues.
Third, a deepened appreciation of limits that we don't put our security needs in some magical basket. Perceived tests are often not that, simply another part of life's journey, and taking them lightly moves us past either/or, right/wrong, answers and into responses more appropriate to a much longer journey than this moment.
May your innate and accumulated spirit find you a willing fellow-traveler.
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Textweek.com notes a helpful adjunct for this note by Barbara Brown Taylor, "Settling for Less"