What has been the worst temptation of your life?
Whatever its nature, Jesus, our exemplar, has generically overcome it. Today’s gospel records first, his sacrificing sensual pleasure. Then, our grasping for power. Finally, Jesus rejects self-seeking. All of our temptations fall into one or more of these 3. Whatever my temptation, Jesus conquered it. However, the real question becomes how he as a human being accomplished such. Jesus derived his courage from his intimate union with his and our God. You will recall that God’s Spirit had just filled him at his baptism. We too can overcome by realizing and living according to God’s Spirit within us.
Lent represents the ideal time for us to deepen our commitment to God, and overcome our trials by the power of God’s Spirit within us.