Today’s Holy Communion marks the first Sunday in Lent. And, in the Gospel for today, we have a story familiar to most of us – Jesus’ time fasting in the wilderness for 40 days after his baptism by John. And, it gives us a good chance to look at Lent and what it is supposed to be for us.
The problem is, in childhood many of us saw Lent as a time of no candy, giving up something we like, and what amounted to self-punishment. While penance is a part of Lent, there is much,m much more to it than that, and in fact there’s something in it worth looking forward to.