Sunday, February 26, 2012
Mark 1:12-15 Jesus Tempted in the Desert
The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert,
and he remained in the desert for forty days,
tempted by Satan.
He was among wild beasts,
and the angels ministered to him.
After John had been arrested,
Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God:
"This is the time of fulfillment.
The kingdom of God is at hand.
Repent, and believe in the gospel."
In this passage we see Jesus retreating to the desert to find himself. He goes to fast, to escape from the world, and be tempted by Satan. So many times in our lives we refuse to enter the desert. We refuse to make time for God and ask the hard questions about ourselves. Jesus reminds us that without the desert, we cannot truly reflect on who we are. During this time of Lent let us be be given the grace to go forth into the desert so that our relationship with God may be strengthened.