"Jesus' temptation reveals the way in which the Son of God is Messiah, contrary to the way Satan proposes to him and the way men wish to attribute to him. This is why Christ vanquished the Tempter for us: 'For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sinning.' By the solemn forty days of Lent the Church unites herself each year to the mystery of Jesus in the desert." (CCC 540.)
Meeting Christ in the Liturgy offers a reflection for Ash Wednesday.
(Photo by mictl: View of Euphrates River and Iraqi desert from Marine aircraft.)