NOAH ENDURED THE FORTY-DAY devastation of the flood. In a similar way, the spirit today drives Jesus into the forty-day trial of the desert. Satan conspires to make Jesus compromise his relationship as Son toward his Father. But Jesus remembers how the flood ends with God’s promise, “I will establish my covenant with you.” The Father now perfects that promise in the flesh of his own Son who will “show sinners the way” so that “he might lead you to God.” The temptations make Jesus only more certain of his Sonship. Through our trials the Father’s care shines. (Magnificat)
the Gospel according to Mark 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.”
THE FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT
If you were asked to compose a sign to be nailed over the head of the crucified Christ for all the world to read. WHAT WOULD YOUR SIGN SAY?
JESUS, I WILL PONDER NOW ON YOUR HOLY PASSION;
WITH YOUR SPIRIT ME ENDOW FOR SUCH MEDITATION.
GRANT THAT I IN LOVE AND FAITH MAY THE IMAGE CHERISH
OF YOUR SUFFRING, PAIN, AND DEATH THAT I MAY NOT PERISH.
(Daily Lenten Meditations by Arden W. Mead)