Reflection: 10th March 2019

A Reflection for the First Sunday of Lent

Lk 4: 1-13 ( )

When reflecting on today’s readings, we have to look at life today. What temptations do people have in their daily lives? Is life today easy for people, especially young people?

In the decisions made each day, young people especially show their values and priorities. We can invite them to reflect on what values they demonstrate in the choices that they make in their lives.

What choices have to be made in life re. today?... What am I going to wear? What am I going to eat? Where do I have to be?

For some people these choices are more challenging and, in the spur of the moment, they are tempted into making the wrong choice. 

The choices that we make each day and each week tell us much about our priorities. In particular, how we choose to spend our time can tell us a lot about what is important to us.  What do your choices tell you about your priorities? 

One of the greatest temptations that we face is to not reflect on the use of our time. This temptation can lead us to neglect spending time and energy on important things. Let's think of some examples. Sometimes we are tempted to devote more time to watching television than doing our homework or helping with household chores. And where does this lead us to.... a pile of work to do later in the week, instead of dealing with the issue at hand.

On the first Sunday of Lent, we hear how Jesus was tempted by the devil in the desert. In each of the temptations described, Jesus was faced with the choice of spending his time and energy on activities that would lead him away from God. The three things that the devil tempted Jesus to do were to:

  • turn stone to bread to prove that he was the Son of God;
  • worship the devil to receive power and glory;
  • jump off a high place to test God.

But what was of greatest importance to him, as Jesus showed, in the choices that he made?  He chose to trust God and to reflect this value in each of his choices.

During Lent we can think more carefully about how we spend our time. We might choose to spend more time and energy on activities that lead us to God.

Jesus' response to the devil's temptations reminds us that God is to take priority in our lives. Our Lenten practices prepare us to choose God above everything else in our lives.

Anita McGlynn – Anita is a chaplain in Blackrock College.