|Mary Frances Myler ’22
In the Gospel of Luke, the temptation of Jesus in the desert occurs directly after he is baptized—after his identity and mission are confirmed with the words, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased” (Luke 3:22).
Satan, unable to resist the allure of tempting the Son of God, waited until Jesus was alone before coming to prey on his humanity. Yet, Christ rejected Satan.
Jesus rejected the temptation to abuse bodily satisfaction, earthly power, and divine protection in no uncertain terms. Satan sought to corrupt the corporeal, communal, and spiritual goods possessed by Jesus in the desert, and he seeks to corrupt those same goods in every person in every time and place today.
As Christians, we strive to imitate Christ in all things, and this gospel passage reminds us that we are called, by virtue of our baptism, to uncompromisingly reject the temptations by which Satan seeks to corrupt all that is good. In baptism, we reject Satan and all his works and empty promises. Through baptism, we are born into new life through Christ’s death, and it is through our identity as sons and daughters of God we are given the strength to overcome temptation and pursue virtue.
We know who wins in the end. By uniting ourselves with Christ and seeking to imitate him in all we do, we are given immeasurable grace, secure in the hope of eternal life and a God who conquers all.