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First Sunday of Lent — March 6, 2022

Bishop’s Reflections

March 6, 2022

For every day during Lent, Bishop Edward Malesic writes a Scripture reflection for the faithful. Follow the bishop on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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First Sunday of Lent — March 6, 2022

The first Sunday of Lent focuses on the temptation of Jesus in the desert. We read elsewhere that Jesus was like us in all things, but sin. Yes, Jesus was tempted just as we are. It is perhaps true that Jesus was tempted even more than we are — the devil focused all of his energy on tripping the Son of God. Unlike us, however, Jesus was able to resist completely.

The devil tempted Jesus with the promise of food when he was hungry, with the promise of power and glory when Jesus was weak from 40 days of desert wandering, and the promise of protection by angels when Jesus was living with wild animals. Jesus saw through the wily ways of the devil and responded to each temptation quoting scripture — a good defense. “One does not live on bread alone.” “You shall worship the Lord, your God, and him alone shall you serve.” “You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.”

It is interesting to me that what the devil promised Jesus is what the Lord has promised us. Unlike the devil, however, Jesus is able and willing to fulfill his pledge to us.

Jesus promised to be the bread of life for us. He gives us bread when we are hungry. He gives himself under the signs of bread and wine to nourish our souls.

Jesus gives us the promise of glory in heaven. If we have faith in him, we shall bask in the light of the eternal God.

Jesus gives us the promise of protection. If we follow him until the end, he will raise us up from our graves on the last day.

Let us remember to stay close to Jesus and to flee from the evil one. The evil one will promise to fulfill our needs, but only Jesus can.

Today’s scripture from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans might be a good defense. We should be ready to have it on our tongue: “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Lord, Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner. Amen.

Please continue to pray for peace in Ukraine.

Have a blessed week everyone.

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