Saturday, July 20, 2024

Jesus stays in the desert for 40 days and is tempted by Satan

Jesus stays in the desert for 40 days and is tempted by Satan
First Sunday of Lent (B)
Gospel text
Mk 1:12-15
At once the Spirit drove him out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan.
Gospel's Commentary
Today, Jesus is preparing the announcement of our salvation: “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand.” Jesus feels it is not enough to “preach us a sermon”: Above all He prays for us; he went to the desert in loneliness, prayer and fasting... This may sound strange but we need to do the same, at least a little time every day. - “Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” When a man never prays nor fasts then his life becomes a desert where he dies of boredom.

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