The readings for the First Sunday of Lent brings us into the desert. Indeed, Lent is a desert season- a time when we find ourselves in that place of reflection, purification, testing, and enlightenment. Our ancestor in faith was in the desert, a “wandering Aramean.” Jesus, too, our brother as much as our Lord, is tempted and tested in the desert.
Just as Christ’s death and resurrection remove our need for such a sacrifice on our parts, His temptation in the desert stands in for us, relieving us from the need to go toe-to-toe with the Adversary. Jesus leads us through the desert of temptation, toward the promised land of Calvary.