Reflection on First Sunday of Lent

 
First Sunday of Lent - 1 March 2020: Jesus fasts for forty days and is tempted 
(Matthew 4:1 - 11)
 
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And he fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterward he was hungry.
 
Jesus was tempted in every way that we are, including the most subtle and insidious suggestions that he use his position to distort his true vocation to offer himself for others. The three scenarios we read in this chapter are all forms of self-centredness and selfishness:
o Feed yourself – but Jesus has come to feed others.
o Save yourself – but Jesus has come to save others.
o Enrich yourself – but Jesus has come to enrich others.
 
How easy is it to persuade ourselves that what we want to do is what God wants us to do?