Today we enter the journey of Lent to prepare ourselves for the great Easter feast. Most of us lead lives that are far too busy. In these forty days we are invited to follow Jesus into the wilderness, a place away from distractions and frenetic activity, to reflect on our lives. The disciplines of prayer, fasting and self-denial, and reading and meditating on God's Holy Word, are aids to help us to refocus our lives and orient them once again towards God.
O Lord our God, when death had entered this world through sin, Jesus your Son, led by the Spirit into the wilderness of temptation, chose to worship and serve you alone. Lead us through these forty days of Lent to the font of living water where we find new birth, pardon and life in your word and living bread.