Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7 (See the video below, it tells the whole story <3)
Psalm 51:3-6; 12-14,17 Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned..
(From Priests and Brothers of Miles Christi)
We read in today’s Gospel that Christ “was led by the Spirit into the desert.” Just as Moses, Elijah, and the prophets had done, Christ prepared Himself for his public life. He did it with fasting and prayer, in withdrawal and silence, away from other men.
The devil finds three “weak points” in us, three open wounds, which are our inheritance from original sin. They are three outlets of our person that become the devil’s accomplices:
a) A thirst for sensual delights or desires of the flesh, that makes us horrified at the thought of suffering and which leads us to prefer to enjoy ourselves a little more rather than to be faithful to God.
b) A greed for earthly goods, which is never satisfied, reinforced by the worldly conviction that “one must become as rich as possible.”
c) Finally, the pride of life, through which we resist obeying God and His Law, thinking that we are wiser than He is. Within all of these concupiscences is concealed, hidden within our soul, that demonic temptation “You will be like gods” (Gen 3:5).
Satan promises man the omnipotence of God, in other words, complete self-sufficiency and independence. A clear deception is hidden in that promise because all the grandeur of man comes from his possibility of choosing God, in whose image he was created!
Christ’s departure into the desert to be tempted by Satan teaches us that in this world everyone has temptations. However, with the grace of God we can certainly resist them. Let us look at our King who pushed forward in our favor and fights for us. Let us follow Him courageously. May no one allow himself to be intimidated by trials!
More on Romans 5:12-19 from the Navarre Bible: