1st Sunday of Lent, 2014
Every sin is the sin of Adam and Eve, which was the sin of wanting to be like God. We all know this reality very well, deep down in our hearts. From the time we were babies beginning to explore this vast, amazing world, we have wanted our own way. We have wanted to be "like" God.
In these first days of the season of Lent, it is time to take a good look at ourselves. It is a time for seeing reality and turning to God for his help. Today the Church offers us two excellent weapons in our struggle with the temptations of Satan, the world, and the flesh: the Word of Christ and the Body of Christ.
The Body of Christ is offered every day in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. By it we are strengthened, receive every spiritual blessing and are united more intimately to the Redeemer. Receiving the Eucharist more frequently helps us resist temptations. The Word of Christ, as presented to us through the liturgy, is very rich during this season of grace, giving us wisdom and strategies to ponder and put into practice in our spiritual journey. Scripture is also a kind of spiritual food. Jesus' rebuke to Satan at the first temptation in the Gospel is also a lesson for us: "One does not live on bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God."
As Lent progresses, it can become a trying, difficult time. After a few weeks (or even days!) we may be worn out or bored with the discipline we have chosen. But let us not give up and quit. Our relief and reward at Easter will be all the greater if we can persevere.