As we enter the lenten season, we look at how Jesus entered into his years of public ministry. Until now, Jesus had been quietly living in Nazareth and preparing for what God had in store. Much like a play at the theatre, John had the attention of the audience. Then in walks Jesus seeking to be baptized by John. If we had been there to witness the event, I imagine it would be a moment we would never forget! The heavens were opened, the Spirit came down onto Jesus like a dove and we heard a voice from Heaven! Almost too hard to believe! And yet, that is how Jesus began. You could say Jesus stole the show!
At this point, we expect an encore followed by a series of outstanding sold-out shows. Instead, the Spirit of God sent Jesus out into the wilderness for 40 days. God’s ways are not our ways. It is now our tradition, to spend the 40 days of Lent orienting ourselves as Easter people.