First Sunday of Lent
Today’s Gospel tells the story of Jesus’s journey into the desert to be tempted by the devil.
“Every day, but particularly in Lent, Christians must face a struggle, like the one that Christ underwent in the desert of Judea, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil, and then in Gethsemane, when he rejected the most sever temptation, accepting the Father’s will to the very end.
It is a spiritual battle waged against sin and finally, against Satan. It is a struggle that involves the whole of the person and demands attentive and constant watchfulness.” (Pope Benedict XVI, Homily, March 1, 2006)
Add this prayer from Catholic Relief Services to your daily prayer time today, asking Jesus to meet you in the desert.
With Jesus’s response of “One does not live on bread alone” in mind, think of what ways you can feed your spiritual life this Lent. Decide to do something during this Lenten season that will nurture your relationship with God. Consider reading one of the Psalms on Saturdays, challenge yourself to fast from speaking any negative or critical word on Fridays, or do an act of generosity on Mondays.