Sunday, March 05, 2006
FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT
The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert,
and he remained in the desert for forty days,
tempted by Satan.
He was among wild beasts,
and the angels ministered to him…
Mark 1: 12-15
Today’s Gospel tells us how Satan initiated an all-out attack on Jesus during his forty-day fast in the wilderness. He used every trick he could think of as he tried to lead Jesus into sin. Jesus simply would not give in
In the 70s, when Mark is writing, as the Christians read this description of the beginning of the Good News, they also looked into the mirror of their own lives. The desert, temptations, prison, these were things with which they were familiar. Nevertheless, like Jesus, they tried to proclaim the Good News of God
Let’s make it our goal this Lent to try to limit the devil’s inroads in our minds. It may be impossible to destroy his little voice until Jesus comes again, but we can minimize his impact. Lent should be a time for deeper meditation on the word of God, which will lead to conversion and to concrete acts of charity
We can ask Jesus for his help each morning.
Nothing disarms the devil more than reliance on God’s grace and the gift of humble, honest repentance.
With every battle that we win, our confidence will grow.
May we all come to know the sweet taste of victory!
These are bits and pieces taken from several different devotionals today – the First Sunday of Lent
‘On Ya’ - ma