26 February 2012

A wilderness no more...


God brings order out of chaos; He makes sense out of confusion. Our Lord Jesus Christ went into the wilderness for forty days, and during that time He underwent terrible trials, being tempted by the devil himself. And yet, by the Lord’s very presence there, He transformed the wilderness for us. For those of us who follow Christ, the wilderness is no longer dominated by Satan; rather, it is the Lord Jesus who is there for us. Instead of facing trials on our own, we have at our disposal every means of spiritual help. The redemptive work of Jesus Christ took place even in that desert place, as He transformed a place of desolation into a place where consolation can be found. By staying close to our Lord in times of trial, through the Sacraments and through prayer, we know that every sorrow can be turned to joy, and every dark moment can be flooded with the Light of Christ.