The season of Lent has begun. Many of you were here for a beautiful Ash Wednesday worship service this past week. Today is the first Sunday in Lent – the 40 days (not counting Sundays) that precede Easter Sunday – the most important celebration in the Christian church. The season of Lent is an annual reminder or sharing in the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness after his baptism, as the story is told in the gospel reading for today. As that time in the wilderness was for Jesus, Lent is a time for us to discern or renew our mission to proclaim God’s good news, and to wrestle with the temptations that continually try to turn us from that essential mission.