This Sunday’s Gospel reading was both terrifying and reassuring. It’s terrifying in the sense that Jesus too was tested just like we are. It’s reassuring in the sense that… Jesus too was tested just like we are. Confused? It’s terrifying because Satan and his minions were brazen enough to tempt God Himself, but it’s reassuring that the same God who has our backs was able to resist that temptation.
Luckily for us, Jesus has won the fight. He won it for you, for me, and for everyone else, but we have to call Him into battle for us. If we try to face this world on our own, if we try to resist temptation on our own, if we try to go head-to-head with the devil on our own… we will lose. We’re facing an enemy much stronger than ourselves. We need Jesus. Where can we find Him? In prayer, Sacred Scripture, and the Sacraments.