14th February – First Sunday of Lent (C)

Today was my discharge day from hospital. Sister Maureen and her husband John arrived up in Galway at 2pm to bring me home. Being a Sunday we had a clear run on the road but even with this it was a 3.5 hour trip each way. It feels good to be home again.

In today’s gospel we had the temptations of Jesus in the desert. This is a reflection from catholicireland.net.

The gospel for the first Sunday of Lent is always the story of the temptation of Jesus in the repent-and-believewilderness. It is intended to make us think not only about Jesus and his struggle but to help us realise that the history of God’s people from Adam and Eve to the present day involves a similar story. The essence of the temptation of Jesus was the idea that he could go it alone, that he could be entirely self sufficient. Jesus resisted this because he recognised his complete dependence on the Father. He knew that he needed to be nourished by God’s word and that his true destiny lay in his seeking to do his Father’s will. When Satan succeeds in convincing us that we have it in our power to save ourselves then we are on the path to self destruction. Lent is a time for us to humbly take God’s hand and to walk the path of faith and love that leads to Easter.