Engaging the Gospel – First Sunday of Lent

1st Sunday of Lent (Year C): Gospel – Luke 4:1-13

Jesus was subjected to temptations after forty days of fasting in the desert, for the devil “would even try to divert Jesus from the mission received from His Father” (Catechism paragraph 394).

By categorically rejecting Satan’s lures, “Christ reveals Himself as God’s Servant, totally obedient to the divine will. In this, Jesus is the devil’s conqueror” (539).

The fact that “Christ vanquished the tempter for us” (540) encourages us as we face our own temptations.

Our human nature has been “wounded” in the aftermath of Adam and Eve’s sin. Even after baptism, original sin’s “consequences for nature, weakened and inclined to evil, persist in man and summon him to spiritual battle” (405).

“Prayer is a vital necessity” (2744):

Prayer is a battle…against the wiles of the tempter who does all he can to turn man away from prayer, away from union with God….The ‘spiritual battle’ of the Christian’s new life is inseparable from the battle of prayer (2725).

Let us recommit ourselves to prayer during this season of Lent, “the solemn forty days” when “the Church unites herself each year to the mystery of Jesus in the desert” (540).