"In these forty days of Lent, we take the story of Jesus' forty days in the wilderness into our own lives -- as persons, as communities. We find this story in Mark's gospel (two verses) and in the gospels of Matthew and Luke (in considerably more detail). The story does not appear in John's gospel. When it does appear, the wilderness follows 'immediately' on the baptism of Jesus. It's not just the next thing that happens, it's the thing that has to happen. The wilderness follows the waters because the commitment that the Galilean rabbi makes in those waters will demand unrelenting wisdom and courage. The cosmos needs to see what he's made of, to know if this is the first sighting of what the whole creation has been waiting with eager longing, 'the revealing of the children of God'. The universe is waiting for a complete human to show up. (Romans 8:19)". "Joining himself to John's movement, Jesus at his baptism embodies a way of repentance, of walking out of an old like and into a new one". "In all out seasons of testing, remembered and anticipated in this Lenten journey, may we remember the voice that calls us 'beloved' in our baptism. May we stand again on the eastern bank, and step into the river of our baptism to re-enter our lives as citizens of God's kingdom and creatures of the new creation. May we become for the world the complete humans for which this aching world longs".