March 9, 2014

1st Sunday of Lent: Man cannot live on Bread alone

We are now in the season of Lent.  Throughout this season, you will notice the many changes to our celebration.  For one, we do not sing or say “Alleluia” or the Gloria.  The reason for this is that during Lent, our focus is on the coming of the Kingdom of God and we are waiting in eager anticipation.  During this time we are journeying with Jesus and this Sunday we begin our journey with his temptation in the wilderness, where we will spend the next 40 days in fasting, praying and almsgiving.

In the desert, Jesus was tempted by the devil.  His temptation was very similar to Adam and Eve’s temptation in the garden in that the devil tempted them with the sin of pride.  Could Jesus have turned the stone into bread?  Of course, He is the Bread of Life. Would Angels have caught Him had He fallen? Of course, He is the Son of God.  But He did not come to this world to lord His power over us but to be one of us and so He resisted.  He wanted to show us that although there are many things in this world which we think we need, there is only one that we cannot live without: God.

We suffer every day with the same tendency to sin as Adam and Eve, but we have been baptized in Christ and through our baptisms, we have received His grace to resist temptation and overcome sin.  But like any skill or ability, practice makes perfect.  Over these next forty days, stay committed to your Lenten sacrifice.  When you are tempted to break your fast, remember that no matter what it is you desire, our true hunger is for the Living Word of God, satisfied only by Jesus Christ.  Spiritually prepare yourself for His passion, death and resurrection, so that when He does come in Glory, the ‘Alleluia’ you sing will resonate throughout the world, move the highest of mountains and soften the hardest of hearts.


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