Today’s Gospel tells us how Jesus spent forty days alone in the desert, fasting and praying, before he began his public ministry. When he was lonely and hungry, the devil came to tempt him. The first temptation was a simple one: to use his power as Son of God to turn stones into bread and satisfy his hunger. Then the devil suggested that Jesus should pull off a spectacular stunt – jumping down from the roof of the Temple in the holy city of Jerusalem. What better way to get everyone’s attention for his message? Finally, Jesus was tempted to become a conqueror; to overthrow the Roman Empire and rule over the kingdoms of the world.
In each case, the devil was tempting Jesus to seek power and glory for himself. In each case, Jesus rejected the temptation and put his trust in God his Father. Throughout his life on earth, Jesus was completely faithful and absolutely obedient to his Father’s will.
In the season of Lent, we are invited to go into the desert with Jesus. It is a time to step back and reflect on our lives and on the temptations that we face. Like Jesus, we know that we can trust absolutely in God our Father to keep us safe. God will give us the strength we need to overcome all temptations. Lent is a time to renew our faith and trust in God.