Lenten Reflection- Wild Beasts

In Sunday’s Gospel, (Mark 1:12-15) Mark writes, “…the Spirit drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts;” It is hard for us to imagine living in solitude for 40 days. While there may be times that we appreciate the peace and quiet,  it is not a common event for us to participate in, especially of our own choosing. And being surrounded by wild beasts for most of us is less than desirable! Yet, metaphorically, we are surrounded by wild beasts each and every day. All one needs to do is pick up any newspaper and “good news” is not in the majority.

It is rather easy for us to become jaded with the “wild beasts” in our secular world. The conflicts we witness in far away lands, the poverty, the crime and the hatred can pitch us toward hopelessness and despair. And often, because they are beyond our normal existence, we have a tendency to become slightly numb and experience a sense of helplessness. We begin to believe that since many of these atrocities happen “over there” we really don’t have an ability to make a difference.

The ability to impact those global issues individually may be debatable, but the fact is we have wild beast always lurking in our own lives. These wild beasts may be lack of love or compassion, perhaps it is gossip or excessive pride or it may simply be a refusal to truly reflect on who we are and what we do. It is always safer to look at other’s transgressions before we accept our own. Wild beasts!!!

So we enter this season of Lent in the hope we can face our demons and tame the wild beasts in our own lives. While there is no magic recipe, we have a formula that can assist us in our journey. Embracing the three pillars of Lent will provide us some strength and structure.

The journey will be challenging and different for each of us; Barriers for one may be opportunities for another. Regardless, it is a journey we all must travel if we believe we are Easter people. And as a Catholic/Christian community, we are  Easter people, we believe in the Resurrection and we seek eternal life with Jesus.

May God bless you as you journey this Lenten season!

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    • Tim Folkersen on February 22, 2015 at 9:24 PM
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    Well said, sir! Thank you for the personal reflection. I also like the Lenten chart, I think I’ll share it with my classes.

    1. Thanks Tim for giving it a read and taking the time to comment. I think that chart will be most helpful for our students and staff.

    • Colin Desnoyers on February 23, 2015 at 7:54 AM
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    Great read to start the week.

    1. Thanks Colin! Have a great week and a faith filled Lenten journey!

  1. I really appreciate your honest reflection, and sharing the 3 pillars of lent graphic, I will be sure to share this my grade 7 religion class. I was thinking I try some of my own reflections as well. scienceandlent.wordpress.com

    1. Thanks Jason- I will certainly check out your reflection. Have a great week!

    • Lynn on February 23, 2015 at 11:22 AM
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    Your reflection made me instantly think about out own personal wild beasts that we all need to battle with. The temptations, negative thoughts and feelings that drag us down every day. Lent is the best time to find the strength to walk through these temptations, and a great reminder that we are not alone in these battles! Thank you for the refreshing reminder.

    Lynn Suttie

    1. Thanks Lynn! Lent provides us with almost a new beginning in preparation for Easter. Looking deep within ourselves is not always pretty but we must, if we want to tackle our own demons. Blessings on your Lenten journey!

    • Judy Lane on February 24, 2015 at 6:10 PM
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    Isn’t it great that we have this Lenten season to use as a time of reflection? It allows us all the opportunity to acknowledge our personal wild beasts and use the pillars of Lent to deal with those issues that rob us of God’s grace. We are blessed!

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