The Wilderness

Have you ever been tempted to do or say something that you know is wrong? For example, you knew you had homework that needed to be done, but your favourite program was on TV, so you chose to watch TV instead of doing your homework. The next day when your teacher asked you why you didn’t turn in your homework, you told the teacher, “My dog ate it” or “My baby brother tore it up.” We begin to point the finger of blame at someone else.  It isn’t a sin to be tempted unless we do what we are tempted to do even though we know it is wrong. Even Jesus himself was tempted. In our Gospel lesson today, we read about the temptation of Jesus. After Jesus was baptized, he went out into the desert to pray. He stayed there a long time and got very hungry. He had not eaten anything because He was trying to listen to God and do what he said. I’m sure that his tummy must have been rumbling from hunger!  We all face temptations, don’t we? Remember, when Jesus was tempted, he turned to Scripture to help him resist Satan. You and I should do the same thing.