John Paul II Homilies
Mass with the communities of the Roman Parishes of: St Anselmo, St Mary, Star of Evangelization, St Charles Borromeo and San John Baptist de la Salle
MASS WITH THE COMMUNITIES FROM FOUR ROMAN PARISHES:
HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS JOHN PAUL II
Paul VI Audience Hall
1. “Jesus... was led by the Spirit for forty days in the wilderness, to be tempted by the devil” (Lk 4:1-2). The account of the 40 days that Jesus spent in the desert at the beginning of his public ministry helps us to understand better the value of the “strong season” of Lent that has just begun.
As we journey through Lent, let us look at Christ who fasts and struggles with the devil. Indeed, in preparing for Easter, we too are “led” by the Holy Spirit into the desert of prayer and penance, to nourish ourselves intensely with the Word of God. We too, like Christ, are called to fight against the devil with all our might and determination. Only in this way, with renewed adherence to God's will, can we be faithful to our Christian vocation: to be heralds and witnesses of the Gospel.