Temptation: I wish I could tell you I knew how the coronavirus is going to play out. I wish I could tell you whether to cancel your vacation. I wish I could tell you when a vaccine was coming. I can't. No one can. I can tell you this: now is a time to ask central questions, questions of vocation, of who we are called to be. Now is the time to ask, 'will we meet this moment? Will we be who God created us to be?'" The temptation is always to be less. The temptation is to be smaller. The temptation to pay attention only to the needs of my country, my city, my neighborhood, to ask how will this affect me. Will we face this challenge with our full selves?
This is the first Sunday of Lent, the beginning of a long journey with Jesus. I wonder, could this Lent be an invitation? Could we ask: “Where is your wilderness?” Where can you go to be vulnerable? Where will you face your demons?