Jesus is our model for Lent. To prepare for his vocation, he went out into the desert and met the adversary that wants to stop the new creation and wants us to be driven by death and fear. Jesus doesn’t contradict the Devil when he claims to be the supreme ruler here in this realm. Satan knows that we get energy from fear and hate and bondage to sin. He has the power here on Earth.
But Satan’s defeat is guaranteed. Jesus’ victory is assured. Lent is the time to reflect on the great gift that is ours for the taking and keep the big picture always in mind.