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The prologue to St. John’s gospel introduces God’s Son as the Word. This life-giving Word—spoken down through the ages—became flesh and lived in our midst. For all of Christian history, the Word is intimately connected with all of human life. It is the purpose of TWIL (“The Word Is Life”) to bring the gospel to life and to bring life to the gospel. This blog will feature reflections on the Sunday Scriptures from contemporary Catholic writers, words of wisdom for our Spiritual journey from saints and blessed, and thoughtful reflections on masterpieces of sacred art. We at Living with Christ hope that they will help you grow in your spiritual life and deepen your relationship with the Word, our Lord Jesus Christ.

In today’s first reading we hear the story of Jacob and his family, who went to Egypt during a famine. Later on, his descendants were perceived to be a threat and were enslaved. Later still, they continually recalled and gave thanks for their deliverance from this slavery. They remembered that they were led by the Lord through the wilderness to the promised land. They became the People of God in the wilderness. They remembered, too, how they were tested and how they tested God. Sometimes, they were unfaithful. They struggled to be the people they had promised to be. There were times of closeness to God, but there were many times of temptation and sin.

Jesus knew his people’s history well enough not to repeat it. He, too, was tested in the wilderness. His temptations mirrored Israel’s. They complained that they had no bread; Jesus was tempted to focus solely on his physical hunger. He chose, instead, to make God’s word his priority. Israel made a golden calf and worshiped it; Jesus chose to worship God alone. Israel continually tried and tested God; Jesus would not put the Lord to the test.

Lent calls us to remember and learn from the history of salvation, to turn away from past sins, and to choose again to follow Jesus.

Dinah Simmons

Author: Living with Christ

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