Why Does Lent Begin in the Desert with Jesus and the Devil?

On the first Sunday in Lent, we find ourselves in the desert with Jesus and the devil. Why must our Lenten journey begin here?

Gospel (Read Lk. 4:1-13)

St. Luke tells us that after His baptism in the Jordan River, Jesus “was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil.”  We immediately sense that Jesus is on a mission.  The first action of His public ministry is to retreat from the public and, in a solitary place, face God’s primordial enemy….

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