MARCH 1 FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT
Isn't it amazing that Adam, living in the abundance of the Garden of Eden, was tempted by the serpent to eat of the one tree of which God told him not to eat? Contrast this with our Gospel today, where Jesus is tempted by the devil in the desert, a place of desolation, to provide for himself food, safety and power, yet resists the temptation. Jesus, the new Adam, reverses the original sin of the old Adam. We, amid our abundance, are also often tempted. We think, if only I had more than enough, I wouldn't be tempted. Yet it is in denying ourselves that we receive the grace to fight temptation. It is when we go into the desert that we come out stronger. This is the discipline of lent. Pray: keep your eyes on Jesus. Fast: deny yourself some of the abundant goods. Give alms: give away what you give up.
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