Mark 1: 12-15
At once, this same Spirit pushed Jesus out into the wild. For forty wilderness days and nights he was tested by Satan. Wild animals were his companions, and angels took care of him.
After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee preaching the Message of God: “Time’s up! God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message.”
Who art in heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name;
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Temptation is all around us, whether it’s having another chocolate from the box or pressing the snooze button just one more time before getting out of bed. We all have temptations every day that we are challenged to ignore. Sometimes we feel pressured to give into these temptations by colleagues, friends, maybe even family, but we are always guided by God and his angels.
As we begin our Lenten journey we are called to change our life and believe the message. The tradition for this is to give something up, or to do something different to help yourself and the people around you. Despite all the challenges and temptations to give in, it’s easy to forget that we will be guided through the journey just like Jesus was, by his angels. Whatever we choose to do should enable us to see the message more clearly.
Jonny Dearden - Salesian Volunteer