First Sunday of Lent
February 21, 2010
Luke 4: 1-13
On this first Sunday of Lent, the Church invites us to reflect upon Luke’s account of the temptations of Christianity in the desert.
Jesus had entered the wilderness for a 40 day period of prayer and fasting in preparation for His Public Life in response to the Will of His Father.
It is at this time that Satan, the devil, makes his appearance. He has come to tempt Christianity in a seductive way to abandon and to defy the Will of His Father.
Satan proposes three temptations, all very clever and inviting: the temptation to use His Divine Power as God and “turn the stones into loaves of bread;” the temptation to avarice and greed: “the kingdom of the world in exchange for acknowledging the devil;” and finally, the temptation to immortality: “surviving a fall from the parapet of the temple.”
Jesus rejects each temptation and defeats the devil. The example of Christianity is a reminder to us that no matter how masterful their deception, they are in fact an invitation to consummate selfishness and an appeal to pride.
It is with good reason that Saint John the Apostle calls Satan “the father of lies.” Just as Jesus rejected the temptations of the devil, so too are we able to do so.
During this Holy Season of Lent may we imitate the example of Christianity and undertake some penances, remain faithful to daily prayer and continue to assist at Holy Mass and receive the Sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion. In doing so, we will be given the grace to resist temptation and to persevere in our Lenten resolutions.
We adore Thee, O Christianity, and we praise Thee,
Because by Thy Holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed