Posted by: livingscripture | February 26, 2012

First Sunday of Lent

From the Word of the Day

“The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan.  He was among the wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him.”

                                       Mark 1: 12-13                                                                                             

How should we live this Word 

The mystery of God’s Son becoming human to save us, and driven by the Spirit into the desert before He begins His life among the people, is beneficially provocative for us.  The desert is a very inhospitable place.  However, there is a special consolation.  The angels were there to serve Jesus.

The Word uncovers a scene rich in lessons for this strong season of our spiritual life.  We cannot abandon our places in order to take refuge who knows where.  But we can learn to make space and time for solitude to reinvigorate our spirit and our body as well.  Some people may scoff at this.  It is precisely in silence that we feel more strongly the temptations of gluttony, of lust, of avidity to possess and to own, to satisfy the disordered desires of our ego.

Well, this struggle makes us robust.  Assisted by our Guardian Angel, we will not stop praying and crying out to the Lord our faith and trust in Him.  In this way we will begin Lent well without feeling that it is an oppressive time of strange renunciation, but rather as a beneficial time to lighten our steps on the road of salvation, which is the Gospel of Jesus contacted each day, prayed, and lived with love.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to help me relish these days of Lent as an occasion to love Him more and better through the service I render to others.  What have I planned for this Lent?  If I have not thought about it yet, I will plan it with Jesus now.

Lord, send Your angels to sustain me and let Your grace be my strength and light especially when the desert is difficult.

The voice of St. Eucharis, Father of the Church

Could we not perhaps affirm that the desert is the temple without walls of our God?  In fact, the One who dwells in silence surely loves deserted places.  He has often manifested Himself to the saints in those places and especially in solitude has he deigned to meet with humans.

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