Yesterday, I wrote about how Jesus' cleansing of the Temple and, more importantly, his interpretation of it, marks in a sense the 'end of religion'. He had come up against the limitations of the sacrificial and ritual system of his people and offered a new expression of what it means to be faithful. What is … Continue reading Religion is Dead! Long Live Religion.
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
The other day, we commemorated the Baptism of Jesus, a truly powerful moment in the life of Jesus and a paradigm for our own life of faith. Unfortunately, our Sunday lectionary readings leave what happens next until Lent: Jesus' temptation in the wilderness. I say 'unfortunately,' because it feels like this part of the story … Continue reading Tempted