Then Jesus was led by the Spirit to be tempted by the devil. After fasting for forty days and for forty nights he was hungry.
Are you hungry?
The ‘Beast from the East’ brought us some unexpected guests; a male and female Fieldfare. This member of the thrush family is rarely seen in South Wales, living in the North East and England. Beautiful plumage, as Monty Python might say, they were feasting on the berries in the garden, and, according to ‘our’ expert, they would be feeding on the rotting apples at the bottom of our expanse called a garden. It was a privilege seeing them so close.
They were hungry, obviously blown in on the back of the storm. They are strengthening themselves for a return flight, we suspect, and they will be missed….and Jesus says; ‘look at the birds of the air; they do not sew or reap or store away in their barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not more valuable than they?’ [Matthew 6:26]
We are called to ‘hunger and thirst for righteousness’ [Matthew 5:6] and is this not what Lent is all about? A time to allow ourselves to be tested, to reflect, to become ‘hungry’ and passionate enough about ‘something’ that we are compelled to act. Easter week is ‘The Passion of the Christ’. His ministry fulfilled in death in the HOPE of Resurrection; in his trust in God the Father’s power even over death.
Those birds reminded me of the storms of life and how God has sustained me [and others]. Of how I am sheltered and fed even in adversity. I am using this Lenten Time to reflect on what is making me hungry? What difference can I make in this world God so loves he sent his one and only begotten Son; our Lord and Saviour, Christ Jesus.