Deuteronomy 26. 1-11
Romans 10. 8b-13
St Luke 4. 1-13
The Gospel reading today relates the desert experience to end all desert experiences. As we hear: 'Christ was led by the Holy Spirit in the wilderness, where, for forty days he was tempted by the devil'.
We may have different images of a desert: endless sand dunes, constantly shifting; flat and featureless, stretching for miles; the blistering heat, or the freezing cold at night, perhaps.
But the desert into which our Lord entered was stony and rocky and full of temptation. Maybe that is closer to the deserts of our lives.