What did you go into the wilderness to see?
the Baptist sent his disciples to ask Jesus, "Are you the one who has
come - the Messiah?" Jesus answered them, "Go and tell John what you
hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers
are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good
news brought to them."
turned to the gathered, bewildered crowd following him and asked, "
What did you go out into the wilderness to see?...If you came to see
fineries and comfort, you are looking in the wrong place." (Matthew
wilderness was the home to the prophet John who wore strange clothing
and ate very little. John proclaimed "I baptize you with water for
repentance, but the one who is more powerful than I is coming after
me...He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." John led a mysterious
life and this was a mysterious message. Jesus was coming to speak a new
language and provide a new vision enlivened by the Holy Spirit. The
wilderness was not to provide comfort and escape but rather awakening
What did you go out into the wilderness to see?
our time of lent, the wilderness is the venue for honesty, exposure,
humility and letting go. The wilderness is the venue for hearing and
seeing who and what God is - the manifestation of healing and
vindication of the suffering. The wilderness is the venue for seeking
our messiahship and identity.
What do you go out into the wilderness to see? Be prepared to be bewildered and awakened.