1st Sunday of Lent
The season of Lent has started. In the 40 days of Lent we, as a Church, as the People of God of the new covenant, unite ourselves to the mystery of Jesus in the desert (c.f. Sunday’s Gospel).
St Mark’s account of Jesus’ temptation in the desert is every brief. One of the aims of the Gospel writers in their record of the temptations of Jesus is to show that Jesus is the new or Second Adam who remained faithful. Where the first Adam had given in to temptation, Jesus comes out victorious. Jesus is revealed as God’s Servant, totally obedient to the Divine will. His victory over the tempter anticipates His victory over the cross. In uniting ourselves to the mystery of Jesus in the desert, we hope to share in his victory.
Let us use the Lenten season for spiritual exercises (e.g Stations of the Cross), penance, pilgrimages (as signs of penance), voluntary self-denial such as fasting, almsgiving and charitable works. Let us support each other also in our Lenten journey. Let us discover Lent and make use of it and share in Christ’s victory.