Sunday, March 1, 2009

Today's Gospel reading

Mark 1:12-15:

"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.'"

There is a lot said in just these few verses. We see that Jesus was lead by the Spirit to fast (just as we are during this time of Lent). If we are not fasting because we are lead by the spirit, then it is not a true fast and one is waisting their time.

During the fast, Satan tried to tempt Jesus three times (we don't see it in today's Gospel, but we do in the others). This is just like us being tempted throughout this Lent season, Satan and his demons are wanting and trying to make us fall.

So whats the good news? The angels ministered to Christ, and they will and are for us! They are here to help us throughout our lives, but especially here during this time of Lent, so that we can grow closer to Christ. (If you don't believe in angels then check this out:

And finally, Christ is calling all of us to change our heart and repent! It is the only way we will be able to grow closer to Him! It is our job and goal in life to live as the Saints did and become Saint-like, but we can only do that if we turn our back on sin and repent!

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