*The content of these blogs are the personal reflections of the author and do not represent official Columban positions or statementsMark 1:12-15
The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert,
and he remained in the desert for forty days,
tempted by Satan.
He was among wild beasts,
and the angels ministered to him.
After John had been arrested,
Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God:
“This is the time of fulfillment.
The kingdom of God is at hand.
Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
This gospel reading reminds us of the challenges Jesus faced and the challenges we face as his disciples during lent. For forty days we, as Jesus did, will wrestle with the temptation to sin. It is a test of our faith and commitment to God. But if we trust in God and ask for his forgiveness and help, He will respond. It is not God who is putting us to the test. God is there to lead us past temptation, just as the angels ministered to Jesus in the desert.
As we begin Lent, we should remember to reflect on ourselves and always have faith in God. Though Lent is a challenge, we know at the end of Lent that we will receive the greatest gifts of all, eternal life and freedom from sin. We should repent and be thankful for all that Jesus suffered through so that we may live a more pure life.
While not only sacrificing the traditional guilty pleasure foods to remain conscious of Jesus’ sacrifice, I hope to also because more aware of my journey with Jesus. I will try to take a few moments every day to take a break from my busy schedule and remember that it is all possible because of Jesus’ sacrifice.