Sermon Introduction –
After Jesus was baptized, he went out into the wilderness of ancient Israel to pray, where he was tempted by the devil. It is a dramatic and powerful story! But what does it teach us about God?
Introduction to this week’s readings –
Today’s gospel tells of Jesus’ temptation in the desert. His forty-day fast becomes the basis of our Lenten pilgrimage. In the early church Lent was a time of intense preparation for those to be baptized at the Easter Vigil. This catechetical focus on the meaning of faith is at the heart of our Lenten journey to the baptismal waters of Easter. Hungry for God’s mercy, we receive the bread of life to nourish us for the days ahead.