Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6th. We then begin forty days of fasting and penance. During these days we have a chance to refresh our spiritual life by reflecting on the struggles Jesus faced during his ministry. As we get closer to Easter (April 21st) we recall the passion and death of Christ.
Jesus was Tempted
The Gospel reading for the First Sunday of Lent (Luke 4:1-13) is always devoted to the temptation of Jesus in the desert. He spent forty days in the desert wilderness preparing for his public ministry by fasting, praying and being tempted by the devil. Examining temptation is a good way for us to begin Lent. Most of our daily choices are not concrete choices of good and evil. They are often times in a grey zone of good: a hidden evil disguised as good. This hidden evil usually serves our own ego. For example when we do something «good» in the hopes of being recognized. This is not what Jesus taught. He showed us a self giving love that is unconditional.
It is our duty to try to help others, friend or foe, without expecting anything in return. Our journey through Lent is a time where we can reflect on our actions and ask ourselves how our choices affect our lives and the lives of those we touch.
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