Watch Your Heart: A Reflection for Wednesday of Holy Week 2021

One of my Lenten disciplines this year was to re-read The Sayings of the Desert Fathers, a work — at times beautiful, at times stultifyingly dull, but always challenging — that records the traditions of the desert monasticism that flourished from the fourth through seventh centuries in Egypt, Arabia, and Palestine. These were people who … Continue reading Watch Your Heart: A Reflection for Wednesday of Holy Week 2021

Forty Days in the Desert: A Reflection on Mark 1.9-15

an elderly woman against a desert backdrop

Immediately after the powerful, transformative, theophanic moment of his baptism, Jesus is sent by the Holy Spirit into to the desert. There he is tempted for forty days — tempted with ease, with entitlement, and with earthly power. Ever since, the desert has held an odd place in the Christian imagination. On the one hand, … Continue reading Forty Days in the Desert: A Reflection on Mark 1.9-15