“If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered him,  “It is written, One does not live on bread alone.” Luke 4:4-5

In the Scripture for today, we find Jesus in the desert, fasting and praying for forty days and nights. The perfect motif for Lent, we are to follow in his footsteps and enter into six weeks of ascetic hunger, of finding out what it feels like to be hollowed out by life. This is not easy. Even Jesus, fully human, is tempted to quit when weak and vulnerable. He is so hungry that Satan tries to persuade him to turn stones into bread. Resisting, Jesus tells us that life is more than just consuming, more than just giving in to our insatiable hunger for more. To live, to be truly alive with the passion of Christ, we must do without food, creature comforts,  patterns of respectability so to understand what it means to live in solidarity with the those who live on less every day.