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First Sunday of Lent-Mark 1: 12-15

Shirley Gormley, Linden Associate

First Sunday of Lent

Cycle B

Mark 1: 12-15

In today’s world of technology, it is a challenge to empty our minds and be present to the God within us. Our lives are filled with noise and activity:  televisions, iPads, iPhones, loud music, messaging, games, etc.   Our personal contacts are in jeopardy as we text one another...even if we are under the same roof. How do we empty our cluttered lives and pay heed to God’s constant invitation to surrender?

Mark, in his gospel, shows us Jesus’ way. This was a painful time for Jesus. His soul mate, John the Baptist, had been arrested and Jesus’ own life was in jeopardy. Jesus withdraws to the desert where, in silence, he hears God’s words of compassion and love.  “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” He assures Jesus that “the blind will see, the lame will walk, and the poor have the good news preached to them.”

William Browning c.p. expresses it well:

Oh Holy Spirit, give us stillness of soul in you.

Calm the turmoil within with the gentleness of your peace.

Quiet the anxiety within with a deep trust in you.

Heal the wounds within with the joy of your forgiveness.

Strengthen the faith within with the awareness of your presence.

Confine the hope within with the knowledge of your strength.

Give fullness to the love within with the outpouring of your love.

O Holy Spirit, be a source of light, strength and courage so that we may hear your call and follow it more generously. Amen

Shirley Gormley

Linden Associate


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