1st Sunday of Lent (C)
March 9, 2019
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March 9, 2019

The Wilderness Experience

Wilderness in the Old Testament denotes wandering in the desert, searching for the promised land and encountering Almighty God.

Very often, we choose to see the Holy Spirit only as acting in exceptionally outstanding and powerful ways in our lives. Thus, for many of us, it is not uncommon to imagine the Holy Spirit as an extraordinary and supernatural force continually transforming lives and bringing numerous conversions.

While this perspective is correct, sometimes we only focus on the gifts and the fruits of the Holy Spirit and what they can do for us. However, today, the first Sunday of Lent, Luke 4:01 provides a somewhat different aspect of the operation of the Holy Spirit.

He states that: “Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness”. It is obvious that the wilderness figures a critical juncture in the life and ministry of Jesus. Although he was surrounded by evil, the mighty power and the constant working of the Holy Spirit were always very evident. If the Holy Spirit led Jesus in the wilderness there must be great merit in that place.

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