Friday, February 19, 2010
First Sunday in Lent: Jesus in the Wilderness
It must've been cold in the early mornings of Jesus' trek in the wilderness.
I've been to Wadi Qelt, outside of Jerusalem, right before you get to Jericho, It is a hilly land, lacking in trees, dry, brown, only spotty vegetation around the areas where there may be a deposit of water after a quick rainfall.
In the distance, to the west, you can see the buildings of Jeruslaem, and new Israeli settlements in the land of the Palestinians.
This is the place where Jesus' experienced the torments of evil, temptation in the flesh, embodied voice, constant presence.
Like any pilgrimage, there is the constant torment of taking the easy road.
But we who are pilgrims know the limitless treasure of choosing a way that is slightly more arduous from the onset.