What is your bling? Your temptation? What distracts you in your desert? In today’s Gospel, Jesus is tempted three times by Satan. His temptation came at the end of fasting for 40 days and nights. The devil begins by a simple invitation of something Christ needed after fasting for 40 days– bread. How often are we caught unaware of the dark voice? We think we need something–or we do need something. However, how that something is achieved sometimes leads us astray.
The second temptation is equally as possible for us to fall into–putting ourselves in danger and then calling upon God. If we discern in advance if something is God’s will for us, perhaps then we would not need to call on our angels to protect us. Perhaps we would avoid the situation altogether.
The last temptation is less obvious–surely we do not worship Satan….and yet….who do we worship? What do we worship? Is God first in our lives? This Lent is an opportunity to examine what and Who comes first in our lives. Will you take it? The Gospel ends by saying that angels came to minister to Jesus after Satan left. I believe that they will do that for us too when we turn towards God after being tempted.