A recent episode of “This American Life” relayed the story of a young boy who happened on an old house by Loon Lake. The old abandoned house held intrigue for a couple of 11 year old boys. Years after exploring the old house the now young adult meets a family member of the home owners. Over the years the young man wondered what stories were behind the abandoned house. His mind worked overtime trying to put it all together. In a meeting with a distant relative and a few “old timers” he discovered the story was not as intriguing as what he crafted in his mind. But, in order to get there he had to go back to the start – that is, someone who knew the family and could clear up his faulty speculations.
Lent serves as a time to re-engage the plot we sometimes lose – the love of God in the life of Jesus.Yes, we would not leave out his death and resurrection. But, Lent reminds us to consider what was given up for us. Sometimes we forget our own practices reflect our beliefs. We think our beliefs fasten us. And, in some sense they do. However, our beliefs must move beyond merely the cerebral to the practical. In this post I explore something of that theme as we look at the last temptation Jesus faced in the Luke 4 passage for this coming Sunday.
What are your thoughts?