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The Beloved are Lead by the Spirit

Reflection on the readings for the First Sunday of Sawma

In this Sunday’s Gospel immediately after Christ rises from the waters of the Jordan the Spirit descends on him and the voice cries out from Heaven, “This is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased!” Then the spirit leads Christ forth into the desert to be tempted by the devil.

Our tradition places these readings at the beginning of the season of Lent, perhaps to call to mind that we are the beloved children of God. The great vocation we have to be participants in the will of the Trinity.

There is a special calling in the hymns of the second week of Lent, in the litergical prayers of the Church, that we are called to join in the battle against the devil’s power and to trample all of his sceaming. This is achieved in the participation in the fasting of our Lord. We follow our ancestors footsteps by fasting in communion with the Son of God.

The Holy Spirit interestingly leads Jesus to the seret to be temptedby the devil. Jesus fasts for forty days and forty nights the devil comes to tempt him. Only when Christ is hungry and weak. Promising him things that are passing, like comfort, pride, and rich. When Christ rejects the devil and his snares, Satan retreats from him and angels minister the our Lord.

Lent for us is a time to share in the suffering of Christ by fasting with him. We should be on guard for the tempers traps. He wait cowardly in the shadows waiting for you to be at your lowest point, then he pounces to pursue your soul and degrade your life to the ground (Ps 144:3). Just remember that when you persevere through the suffering inflicted by the foe, God’s holy angels are set to come minister to you.

During this Lent keep Psalm 143 in your mind (Seasonal Psalm of Lent, week two). Have a blessed Lent and Resurrection.