Ash Wednesday Poem
Almsgiving, fasting, prayer:
An invitation to fall deeper into God’s presence.
To be poorer through our charity
hungrier in our fasting
And quieter in our prayer.
We are to make ourselves smaller
And face our humbling need of God.
First Sunday in Lent Mark 1. 12
John begins his life in the barren womb
of an older woman:
the desert is a familiar place.
He is preparing the ground
for his cousin
who has been born from vitality
but today enters
dryness and conflict.
John, always a fore runner
will meet death before his kinsman
but both align together at the Jordan,
wade into the water of baptism
and exchange places
as the story of Jesus begins.