1ST SUNDAY OF LENT
Mary Corso, C '14
"A contrite, humbled heart, O God, you will not spurn."
The profound truth contained within today's Gospel is one that continually strikes me. Humility is a truth about the imitation of Christ, something that all of us as Christians are called to do. We read today about Christ's trial in the desert. Jesus goes into the desert to enter a period of prayer and fasting, at the end of which He is tempted by Satan. Yet Christ resists and overcomes the temptations of the devil.
What is so deeply meaningful about this reading is that this is the very thing we are called to do in these forty days of Lent, and Christ Himself has provided us with the perfect model. During Lent, we walk with Christ as He journeys through the desert. We suffer with Him, and grow closer to Him through our suffering. We are tempted by the devil, and though, unlike Christ, we may fail, He is always there beside us. We are not alone in this Lenten journey, and we share it with the one who loves us totally, passionately, and perfectly.
In chapter 2 of his letter to the Galatians, Paul says: "I have been crucified with Christ; yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me…" (Gal 2:19-20). Through connecting our lives with Christ, and sharing in His suffering, we not only become like Him, we radiate Him. His very spirit lives in us, and gives us the grace to accomplish His will for our lives.
Heavenly Father, give me the grace to carry my cross with love in imitation of Your Son. Strengthen my heart so I may radiate your love and peace, even in the midst of my suffering. Amen.
Gn 2: 7-9, 3: 1-7, Ps 51: 3-6, 12-13, 17; Mt 4: 1-11