February 20, 2021
Good afternoon,” Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”  Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone. ”    Luke 4:1-4

in the history of Lent, the temptations in the wilderness have been center stage. It is as if Jesus overcoming these temptations has solved the problem for us. It is like the salvation we have in Christ. Christ did it, so we do not have to do it

.But, we know that we have our own temptations or dark nights of the soul. Even the great saints struggle with human problems. Mother Teresa from Calcutta said she struggled to be good enough in the eyes of God. To know what to do in every situation is elusive for humanity.

Jesus has three temptations in the desert. How many are you dealing with Lent season ? One.. two… or five ? Where is Jesus in your desert experience this year ? Allow Jesus to put his divine hands around during this time of the pandemic. We all need it today and into the future. We need to know that we are not fed by bread alone!Grace and peace in our lives of faith.


Soaring like Vultures
lifted up by unseen Hands
Trust, silent enters my fears                             
   Monica Pieper Landoni 2021