Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
Homily: 1st Sunday in Lent (Year A)
It is worth asking why it is that God would send his Son into the heart of temptation, as the very first thing he was called upon to do in his public mission. Why not wait until the Devil presented himself as the contender for humanity’s soul – why go running towards that which brought about our fall? Part of the answer to this question lies in the purpose of Jesus’ mission. God took on our humanity so that he could enter into the heart of our frailty, and from there restore us to our divine image. As St Paul said today: If it is certain that through one man’s fall so many died, it is even more certain that divine grace, coming through the one man, Jesus Christ, came to so many as an abundant free gift. To receive this gift, Jesus needed to go to where the gift could be received – so, he went to our fallen and corrupted humanity, to confront the death of sin, and to offer the grace of life.