First Sunday of Advent

This Sunday’s gospel reading, we see Jesus alone in the desert being tempted by the devil. The devil presents a few interesting scenarios to Jesus, ones that test him and tempt him at the same time. And in each scenario Jesus is somehow able to resist and is able to stay focused on what he was born to do, stay faithful to his Father in all things. Jesus is not willing to give in to what many of us so often give in to, the need for power or prestige of glory or a chance to “show off”. Rather, Jesus came simply to serve and to save. 

We’re just beginning Lent, our own “forty days in the desert”. And during this holy time we will take a deep look within, examine the ways we have been faithful and the ways we have not, examine the ways we have stayed on the path and the ways we have strayed, examine the ways we have met the needs of others and the ways we have placed our own needs above those of others, examine the ways we have loved and the ways we have chosen to do something else. 

And Lent is the perfect time to take a long hard look at those very things, take a long hard honest look at our sins, no matter how difficult that may be, so that we can be better, we can be more, so that we can be the beautiful, loving, kind, generous people God wants us to be. 

That is what Lent is really all about.

Deacon Romeo Ganibe