Washington, 06 March, 2022 / 2:30 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis highlighted Jesus’ 40-day journey in the desert, where he is tempted by the devil, as an example for the faithful during Lent.
“Jesus too was tempted by the devil, and he accompanies us, every one of us, in our temptations,” Pope Francis said on Sunday.
The 85-year-old pontiff reflected on the Gospel of the first Sunday of Lent to the crowd in St. Peter’s Square in Rome ahead of the Angelus, a Marian prayer. The faithful gathered to pray with the pontiff, including many who waved the flag of Ukraine, a country that he expressed solidarity with during Russia’s ongoing invasion.
During his Angelus address, Pope Francis examined Jesus’ interaction with the devil.
“Twice the devil addresses him, saying: ‘If you are the Son of God…,’ he began. “He is thus proposing to him to exploit his position: first to satisfy the material needs he feels, hunger, then to increase his power; and, finally, to have a prodigious sign from God.”