First Sunday of Lent ~ March 10, 2019
Mar 11, 2019
My Dear Parish Family,
Following his Baptism Jesus is led into the desert for forty days of fasting and prayer. Two other heroes of our faith underwent similar experiences. Before receiving the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai, Moses went without food and water for forty days. The prophet Elijah also fasted for forty days before traveling to Mount Horeb where God came to him as a “light silent sound.” Moses, Elijah, and Jesus all fast in preparation for an event – for Moses and Elijah it is a particular encounter with God, while for Jesus it is an encounter with temptation. In Lent we fast for both reasons, to prepare for an encounter with God on our holiest feast of the year – the feast of Easter – and also to strengthen us against temptation.
Jesus’ temptation in the desert reminds us that we are not alone when we face our own temptations. Let us invite God into our experience of temptation, so that filled with the Holy Spirit we might be strengthened to follow the path of holiness.
In Christ’s Peace,