In today's Gospel we learn about how Jesus was tempted while fasting for 40 days in the desert.
Holy Spirit, fill my heart and illuminate my mind. Help me to hear and understand God's message today. Help me to recognise when God is trying to speak to me in my daily life. Amen
The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts,and the angels ministered to him.
After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God:“This is the time of fulfillment.The kingdom of God is at hand.Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJDZTs81sqA (Credit to Catholic Kids Media)
Say: In Mark’s Gospel, we don't hear details about how Satan tempted Jesus, nor do we hear how Jesus succeeded in resisting temptation. In Mark’s Gospel, Jesus’ battle with Satan continues throughout his life, to be concluded only at his death on the cross.
Say: During Lent, we focus on resisting temptation in our lives. We renew our commitment to resist certain temptations, but our efforts during Lent are only the beginning. We pray that what we begin during each Lent will continue long after.
Allow some time for prayer and reflection. Think about the following questions: How will you try to resist the temptations in your life? What help will you need to do this?
Say: Remember, no one succeeds in resisting temptation alone. God helps us!
Lead the children in a prayer for God’s help to resist temptation. Pray the Act of Contrition.
Father in heaven, we give you today, all that we think, and do, and say, and we join it with all that was done by Jesus Christ, your Son. Amen