Sunday, February 21, 2010
Invocabit, Lent I (Jesus in the Wilderness)
Jesus goes into the wilderness (St. Matthew 4:1-11) to do for Israel what Israel had failed to do. He is the perfect man, who obeys His Father's will from the heart, saying exactly what the Father had wanted to hear from Israel (see Deut. 8:3), and worshiping the Lord His God only. So He pleases the Father in Israel's stead.
And in yours: you who are baptized into Him receive this gift, that the favor of God has been bestowed upon you for His sake.
And now, following Him, you find yourself in the wilderness; but He is there, and has driven the devil away.