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“And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit…
was led by the Spirit for forty days in the wilderness,
tempted by the devil.”
Each of the three synoptic Gospel writers who mention the temptation of Jesus in the desert (Matthew, Mark and Luke) anchor the temptation solidly between two other events: Baptism and the beginning of Jesus’ ministry.
What might they be trying to tell us about Jesus—and ourselves–by this sequence?
First, perhaps to remind us that we are not alone in what we experience in life…good or ill. The Holy Spirit, poured out to us at our Baptism– the very same Spirit who told Jesus he was God’s “beloved Son” –is with us in times of joy as well as in times of suffering. Through this single event of Baptism, we, too, become “beloved” sons and daughters of God.
Second, times of trial and temptation are a…
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