The gospel this Sunday is about the temptation of Jesus. Jesus is led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted. But why? Why was it the Spirit led Jesus into the desert? Saint Thomas Aquinas provides four reasons, and we have much we can learn from today’s Gospel.
David, Heather and Gary. Dan and Morgan
The first reading from Mass today is all about the challenge of living the Christian life. Authentic Christianity is about being a member of the body of Christ in a way that witnesses to all our care for others. The deeper we can place our faith in the Jesus who saves, the more our own struggles become manageable. It is not that we should not work on our own struggles, but we should do so by realizing we have Jesus really present in our lives. Turn toward others, and you will meet the Christ.
The daily reading today, February 29, summarized in one sentence, is this: “if you live and trust in the way that God is leading you, you will flourish.” After reading this, I realized how much the reading has related to my time at my school.
Isaiah, often the mouthpiece for God, was a man of innovation. He challenged people to think in a new way about an old covenant. Today he takes the concept of fasting, and builds on the connection between fasting for God, and the attention service God’s people demands. Jesus is asked about why his disciples do not fast. He essentially says there is a right time for everything. Knowing how to respond to God by reading the signs of the times and the signs of our faith, now is the time to fast.
During this Lenten season try to focus your mind and actions on putting others’ needs before you own.
Why do we fast? Why do we sacrifice? Why do we want a relationship with God? What is our motivation?
Moses sets before the people today a blessing and a curse. It is hard to imagine that anyone would really choose a curse, but every time we sin we do. Why? How is it we can turn our back on God’s gift of life and choose the curse? Well, choosing life has consequences. Standing up for what is right and true can be hard, we can be persecuted for it. For this reason Jesus tells his disciples about his death, or warns his followers about self-denial and taking up a cross. Lent is a time where we are called to remember to take up a Cross so that we choose the blessing.
Welcome to the second day of Lent! The season of Lent, to me, is about cleansing the heart and identifying what is causing hatred or despair in our own lives and having an open willingness to address these things.
God puts before us a blessing and a curse. Seems like an easy choice, a no-brainer. Who would not want to choose the blessing, to choose life?