Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Lent has begun

"Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was hungry. The tempter approached and said to him: 'If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread.' He said in reply, 'It is written: "One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God." ' (Matthew 4: 1-5)

Lent has many themes, including sorrow for our sins and repentance, self-denial and self-mortification. But our attempts to imitate Christ throughout these forty days--and our resistance to the temptations of the devil--are among the most ancient themes of Lent. And with these, the recognition that we are fed not just by bread--by ordinary food--but, most importantly, by the word of God.

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