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1 Sunday in Lent C Year

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Ash Wednesday, which we have celebrated this week, has opened the liturgical Lenten season, and begins for us these 40 days of preparation till the Paschal Feast. Today's Gospel tells about the temptation of Jesus in the desert, wanting to let us know that each of us is to prepare oneself during Lent and to fight with the devil and face our weaknesses. In general, those weaknesses concern the three temptations from which Jesus has come out victoriously. It is about: self-sufficiency, power and praise. Those three temptations have two sources: egoism and relying on oneself. The proposition of Jesus is to put one's life in one fundament: God, because “One does not live on bread alone,” “You shall worship the Lord, your God, and him alone shall you serve,” and “You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.” In Jesus, each of us receives a true dignity and with Him can face the attacks of the devil no matter who you are: “Jew or Greek”. The whole battle is happening in the human heart thanks to faith and acts through the Word of God, because “The word is near to you, in your mouth and in your heart – that is, the word of faith that we preach – for, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” So then in faith which enlightens a heart, adhering to the teachings of Jesus, is the essence of our victory over temptations. In difficult moments during this fight we can always count on Jesus, praying today's Psalm: “Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble.”