Temptation in the Desert
Todays Gospel is about the temptation of Jesus the temptation to let his humanity draw Jesus away from the Fathers plan.
This temptation would surface again when Jesus struggled in the Garden of Gethsemane with his imminent death on the cross. It just didnt seem to be the way to do it.
Temptations come to us according to the unique patterns of our own life. We all face basic temptations. But the difficult ones the recurring ones are those that have to do with our own life circumstances, our own temperament, the contours of our own personality.
That often comes out when we go to confession. Maybe we feel like : My confessions are always the same . . . its the same list of sins. But that doesnt necessarily mean that we are failing to make progress or that we are not examining our conscience properly.
Just as a particular temptation fit the unique circumstances of Jesus life, and he had to deal with it throughout his entire public life, so I have some in my life and those struggles will probably be the core of the majority of my confessions. I will probably have to struggle with them until the day I die.
But if I am struggling, and I am also trying to do a good job, then those are the things that should come up in confession, because those are the special needs I have . . . . needs that have to be exposed to the grace and healing of God.
Spend some quiet time with the Lord.
Hot Cross Buns
Baking hot cross buns on Good Friday is an old custom that has now extended to the whole season of Lent.
Hot cross buns often have raisins or dried fruit to give them some taste, but no sweet filling because Lent is a penitential season.
However, white icing is placed on the top and always in the shape of a cross as a reminder that Easter is coming.
At one time it was believed that the buns had special miraculous powers, and people hung them from their kitchen ceiling to protect their homes from evil. It was also believed that hot cross buns baked on Good Friday would never get moldy.
Hot cross buns are reported to have first appeared on Good Friday in 1361. Fr. Thomas Rockliffe distributed the small cakes, marked by a cross to the poor of St. Albans Abbey.