Lent is a sacred time when we are challenged to put away those habits which cause death, so that we may inherit life. We follow Jesus our life (Jn. 14:6) into the wilderness, in order to emerge as sources of life for others. Unfortunately, the wilderness may help us to identify that which leads to the spiritual death of self and others, but habits die hard and letting go is never easy. We can identify any darkness of envy, pride, jealousy, anger, insecurity and exaggerated self-love which may have taken hold of our minds and hearts. These not only take us closer to the grave, but they also make us instruments of death for others. We see Jeremiah (Jer. 18:18-20) and Jesus (Mt. 20:17-28) as targets of malicious gossip, lies and persecution. During Lent, we may either share the experience of Jeremiah or that of the people. Whichever context we belong, let us strive to rise and become life for all. Lord Jesus, may my life through You be a life-giving source for all. Amen.