will you reach lent's destination?
"Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, then returned from the Jordan and was conducted by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, where He was tempted by the devil. During that time He ate nothing." —Luke 4:1-2
Lent is a march with a destination of the renewal of our baptismal promises at all the Easter Sunday Masses in the world.
Jesus' forty days in the desert prefigure Lent. The Holy Spirit led Jesus into the desert (Lk 4:1), where He fasted for forty days (Lk 4:2) and refused to doubt that He was the beloved Son of God the Father (cf Lk 3:22; 4:3, 9). Thus, Lent is Trinitarian, and its destination is Trinitarian, for when we renew our baptismal promises, we profess our faith in God the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Lent is a time of waging special warfare against the devil (Lk 4:2) by imitating Jesus' forty-day fast (see Mt 17:21, NAB). This is especially appropriate, for when we renew our baptismal promises at Easter, we reject Satan, all his works, and all his empty promises.
Ask the Holy Spirit what He has planned for you this Lent. He knows the best route for you to reach your destination, the renewal of your baptismal promises this Easter. The Holy Spirit will give you the power to make decisions and sacrifices necessary to reach Lent's destination and to live your Baptism in total love, abandonment, and joy. Let the Spirit lead you into a Lent which leads you to fullness of baptismal life.
Prayer: Father, may I celebrate Lent with zeal.
Promise: "For if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." —Rm 10:9
Praise: Praise the fasting, tempted, victorious, crucified, and risen Jesus!
Reference: (For related teaching, order our leaflet, Lent and the Renewal of our Baptismal Promises.)
Nihil Obstat: Reverend Richard Walling, July 18, 2003
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 24, 2003