40 days in the North American desert.A requisite for any serious Christian.
Maybe we can take the 40 days of Lent and put part of each of them into our workaday lives, busy as they are.
No matter, the Church’s rhythm is an important idea, like the Sabbath.
So this Lent we begin with the brilliant Q midrash stories (in Matthew and Luke) of the temptation of Jesus.
The same temptations are around today—the omnipresent “False consciousness” (Marx) and the “false self” of Thomas Merton.
Like the tsunami that tore into Japan, we now have the tsunami of bull shit invading the lives of our precious young people.500,000 ads by the time they are 17, all inviting them to become consumers and those who self identify with their possessions and as they grow older, their status.
A remedy is at hand!
Mark’s original story has it all in miniature: He was with the wild beasts and the angels waited on him.” Mark 1:13
The God life, the still point in the turning world, the temporary divorce from the madness of the consumer imperative(”the wild beasts”) is always there wiating for us.