Lent started on Ash Wednesday. And it started big. There’s a kind of magic about the start of something, especially something important, that creates interest and energy.
There’s definitely a kind of magic to Ash Wednesday. It’s probably the ashes. Lots of people get ashes, and sometimes it’s surprising to see who has them.
Sunday’s Gospel (Luke) shows us where it all comes from, the 40 days of Lent. It’s a little stark, but so is the first Sunday in Lent. In a way, Sunday is a reality check after the enthusiasm of Ash Wednesday.
The magic of the start and the visible sign of the ashes have gone away. But Sunday’s Gospel has something better. Someone who won’t go away.
Jesus has already taken this journey, and he’ll be with us every step of the way.