Tomorrow's Gospel reading is Matthew 4:1-11. Here is a little something both to enlighten us and to humour us. Those grey clouds hovering over humanity after the tsunami can be dispelled with these thoughts about the little grey cells, as Poiret used to call the human brain. Enjoy!
"This year, the international brainfest auspiciously coincides with Lent, when we remember Jesus' 40 days and nights alone in the desert. Before this desert experience, Jesus was a newly baptized, unheard of, undereducated 30-year-old carpenter from the wrong side of the tracks who quit his day job. Afterwards, he became a popular traveling healer and preacher who spread the good news of God and wielded political power in unprecedented ways. Jesus must have had a major brain makeover during his desert sojourn to undergo such a sweeping personal transformation.
Unfortunately, it's a little late to give Jesus a brain MRI or CAT scan. Ah, but here's some good news! The gospel reading for Sunday, March 13 (Matthew 4:1–14) gives us insights as to how Jesus' brain changed in the desert, preparing the way for the mind of Christ to which Paul refers in 1 Corinthians 2:16 ("Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.")?
An important clue is in the very first line: "After Jesus was baptized, he was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil." Before entering the desert, Jesus felt connected to God."
You can read more here. (H/T MCJ at MWC).
PS I may be misunderstanding this libation from the fountain of Anglican wisdom. Perhaps it is a serious essay and not a piece of humour. I have been known to misunderstand things.