The Gospels speak of a time of solitude for Jesus in the desert immediately after his baptism by John. Driven by the Spirit into the desert, Jesus remains there for forty days without eating; he lives among the wild beasts, and angels minister to him. At the end of this time, Satan tempts him three times…. Jesus rebuffs these attacks…and the devil leaves him “until an opportune time.”
…By the solemn forty days of Lent the Church unites herself each year to the mystery of Jesus in the desert.
Lent is underway from now until Easter Sunday, April 20th. This year, Archbishop Gomez has offered a special invitation to reflect on the Beatitudes during this holy season:
“In the Beatitudes, Jesus is calling us to live as he lived on this earth. And the first of his Beatitudes might be the most provocative:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
…Being poor in spirit means knowing that we depend on God for everything. It means knowing that everything we have – even what we’ve earned through our own creativity and hard work – is God’s gift to us. To be poor in spirit is to live like little children, trusting that our Father will always provide us with every good gift….”
Learn more about Lent at St. Sebastian here.