For us freedom is a daily blessing, and how we long to really enjoy it again!  Yet with freedom comes daily temptation.  Jesus, who shares fully in our human nature, experienced temptation during His earthly life.  Today He teaches us the necessity of spiritual courage.  Jesus is determined to fulfil the mission His Father had entrusted to Him, so when tempted by Satan, He is not distracted but rather it is clear what He must do.  We, however, are not always so certain.  Along with temptation Satan hits us with his greatest weapon of all – discouragement.  Our Lenten task is to conquer these enemies of true freedom, and to do so we must be armed with prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  Lent is sort of spiritual fitness training, a time to use spiritual weapons to overcome spiritual enemies. Once toned and strengthened we can beat temptation and discouragement and so embrace the gift of true freedom; the freedom won for us by the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus.  Enjoy the Lenten journey!

…is a spiritual Lenten journey!