Lent First Sunday: In  the desert

THIS Sunday’s readings, reflects on the experience of Jesus in the desert for 40 days, which parallels the Israelites’ experience, and journey for 40 years in the desert.

The wilderness is a place of hardship and struggle, a place to reset the compass of our lives by asking who we are, where did we come from, where are we going?

Jesus remained steadfast in his commitment to his mission and avoided the temptation presented by the devil; rejecting power and material comforts to live more simply.

The temptation for Jesus was to use his powers for his own gain, but he chose not to do this. Rather than turn stones into loaves of bread he remained strong to his mission and the will of the Father.

We are all tempted to selfishly use the gifts God has given us, but we can instead choose the path of generosity and service.

This Lent, how will we answer God’s call to go further together with Jesus into the desert, to challenge our understanding of our mission and trust in God’s vision for our global community?