Parish Interview: How Do You Relate to the Experience of Christ Going into the Desert?
February 28, 2012 Comments Off on Parish Interview: How Do You Relate to the Experience of Christ Going into the Desert?
I was on a continuing education program last week, and it took place in the desert. A fire had come through the arid land, burning what little vegetation was there. A large burnt creosote bush grabbed my attention—its spindly branches were as black as night, and the ground around it was gray with ash, and a tiny purple flower grew out of it. This was an encounter with Christ in the desert for me—not just the flower, but the ash, too. The dry, parched places of our lives are fertile places—what needs to be purified in us burns in a flash in the dry heat, and the charred remains are material for new growth. Christ meets us and rearranges us in the desert places place where nothing is quite as it seems—beauty is mysteriously harsh, ugliness is unexpectedly pretty. We are turned inside out and outside in. We can’t do this work of transformation ourselves—all we can do is say yes. Saying no, of course, is an option too. This is the option that the tempter offered our Lord.
– Rev. Hugh M. Grant
Curate, The Church of St. Luke in the Fields