March 9, 2014
THE FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT
Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7 * Romans 5:12-19 * Matthew 4:1-11
Lent is a time for fighting against sin. The collect prayer for Ash Wednesday describes Lent in military terms as a “campaign of Christian service;” and today, on the first Sunday of Lent, we see our leader in the fight doing battle himself. He goes out into battle against the devil, the enemy of the human race, and he emerges victorious. We, of course, often have that battle with temptation thrust upon us in a way that we cannot avoid, but Christ, being almighty God, could have avoided the ordeal. Why then did he go out to the desert to fight? I think that, in part, it was to give us an example of how, clinging to the word of God and spurning the suggestions of the devil, we too may fight against and overcome temptation. Like soldiers who see their captain bravely charging first into the fray, we ought to take new courage for our battle against sin.
We do not have to be content to stay where we are and never to make progress. With Christ’s gracious help, we can cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. We can put our trust in Jesus Christ and resolve anew, this Lent, to fight against temptation and advance towards God. What soldier would not be glad to join the noble battle, when so great a captain, so glorious a King, is the one who leads him?
- Against what temptations might I struggle against more vigorously this Lent?
- What concrete steps can I take to make progress?
Class of 2010
Future Plans: I am a seminarian preparing for the priesthood for the Diocese of Austin.
St. Mary's Catholic Center will post a daily reflection from a student, former student, or staff member every day of Lent. We have compiled these reflections into a handout, given to our students on Ash Wednesday.