First Lenten Vigil

The first Sunday of Lent was ushered in with the Saturday Evening Vigil at which reflections were given by Sister Jean Wolbert. She posed many questions based on the Sunday Gospel (Luke 4: 1 – 13) which told the story of the temptations of Jesus. Sister Jean gave a context for her thoughts by sharing a quote belonging to Harold A. Buetow, “Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert not primarily to be tempted but to be in communion with [God].” As scripture says, “This [Jesus] is my Beloved, my blessed one, in whom I take delight.”

Knowing God’s delight allowed Jesus the desire to deepen the relationship with the God who was his strength and courage, his hope and holiness.

With this understanding, Lent can be clearly viewed as a time for nurturing one’s relationship with that same God. As Sister Jean said so well, “Perhaps the 40 days was the time for Jesus and is being set aside for all of us to deepen the God-relationship – to spend time growing in our relationship with a God who looks on each of us as a blessed one in whom great delight is taken.”

Lenten Vigils are held each Saturday of Lent at 7:00 p.m. in the chapel at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery. For more information, click here or view the Calendar of Events in the Home Page sidebar.